The Mother Church

of  The Dakotas

  517 Douglas  Avenue,  Yankton, SD 57078



Three Ideas to Test Drive


I was in the Yankton HyVee and ran into three folks I’d worked with at the #6 store in Sioux Falls.  Thinking of that place reminded me how hard work made it to get to church on Sunday, and that provoked…


IDEA NUMBER ONE.  I would like to offer a short midweek service, maybe during the Wednesday lunch hour.  I’m looking for feedback:


  •  Is that a good day and time?
  •  Should I offer it here at the church or look for a community location?  (In other words, should I try to use it as a way to reach working   folks beyond the church walls?)
  •  When to launch?  Is there a desire for it now or should we aim for a date after Labor Day?


As I get to know you and also other folks around town, I’m meeting plenty of animal lovers.  That brings up…

IDEA NUMBER TWO.  I’d like to offer a Blessing of the Animals on or around St. Francis’ Day, October 4th.  I need feedback on this, too:


  •  October 4th is a Thursday.  Should we use that, or aim for the weekend (Sat. Oct. 6 or Sun. Oct. 7)?
  •  Should we hold it on the church lawn, or should we tempt the weather and make it a public offering some place like the Meridian Bridge or Riverside Park?  Might be fun to put together a team to find/reserve a space and generate awareness around town.


Elsewhere in this newsletter is a call for folks to help teach Sunday School in the fall.  Which gets me thinking about the kids and…


IDEA NUMBER THREE.  I would like to offer a Blessing of the Backpacks during the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, August 19th.  This is a short prayer over the students on the Sunday before school starts up.  They can bring backpacks, but don’t take it too literally – it’s really about blessing the kids.  Ideas include:


  •  Making every effort to get all of the kids to show up.
  •  Inviting friends to church that day for a blessing on their upcoming school year.
  •  Making some effort to connect the event with the wrap up of Riverboat Days?
  •  Engaging in an in-gathering of school supplies for donation to families in need?


Oh, yeah, I’m full of ideas.  But they will just stay on this page without your engagement of them.  I need your input and, God willing, your involvement in any of these that come to be.


Thanks for taking some time to think, pray and do.





Christ Episcopal Church         517 Douglas Avenue        Yankton, SD 57078          605.665.2456