Recently, Governor Northam offered guidance for “reopening Virginia” in three phases. Our research and planning have been based on the governor’s original timeline which asked that there be no assemblies larger than 10 people until June 10. At its May meeting, the session approved a plan to allow both on-site and online worship begining on June 14. This date is subject to change given what is learned between now and then. If this date holds, we ask for both understanding and cooperation as we work our way through what will certainly be a long season of transition. RSVPs are requested for those planning to attend on-site worship. Visit our WORSHIP TIMES page to learn more.
The church, like businesses and social activities, will have to be innovative and adaptive to changing circumstances. However, no matter what we become, the church’s calling is to be what is has always been: the church of Jesus Christ. The great ends of the church as illustrated in Acts 2 and 4 must be pursued even if by different means.
- We will continue to worship together even while physically apart through live streaming and by preserving the services on various platforms (church website, Second on the Mount podcasts, YouTube channel, Facebook).
- For information on and safety protocols regarding the reopening of on-site worship, please visit our WORSHIP TIMES page. For the time being, the sanctuary capacity has been set at 70 attendees and RSVPs for on-site worship are requested.
Show compassion and care for children of God:
- We will continue to stay connected to each other. Great efforts are being made to stay in contact with all members, and particularly with those who are most vulnerable and isolated. For questions, prayer requests, and more, contact the church.
Seek truth through education:
- Weekly Sunday School lessons were offered on YouTube through the end of our program year. New episodes continue to be produced for the Child of God with The Rev. Elizabeth Link podcast. Small group Bible studies will begin meeting through Zoom on May 31.
Provide a witness of God’s kingdom to the world:
- We will be proactive in responding to the needs of Roanoke and beyond. We recognize that right now a priority will be to respond to crisis needs that arise because of fallout from the pandemic. The Service and Outreach Committee is regularly communicating with key ministries and strategically will channel funds where most needed.
- Local Relief Fund: Although we are not able to “pass the plate,” we hope to continue our plate offering benevolences through congregational donations to our Local Relief Fund. To donate, designate a check or online gift to “Local Relief.”
A Conversation on Children’s & Adolescent Mental Health with Sarah Bishop
Second Presbyterian Church Roanoke
YouTube Live Stream Event
Wednesday, June 3 at Noon
Join us for a YouTube live stream event as Rev. Elizabeth N.H. Link meets with Sarah Bishop, LPC, for a socially distanced discussion on children’s and adolescent mental health and well-being in relation to COVID-19. Sarah Blair Bishop is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) with over 15 years of experience working with children, youth, and families. Sarah currently provides outpatient counseling services at a local agency and specializes in trauma, depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety, impulsivity, substance use, and family dynamic issues.
Send us your questions! We invite questions to be submitted early via email or during the event using the live chat window of the stream.
VBS Updates: After much prayerful consideration, we are excited to announce some very big updates to Evening Vacation Bible School for Adults and Morning Vacation Bible School for Children. For years, we have followed traditional formats for both events, but living in the world of COVID-19, we have been pulled to think a little more creatively for Summer 2020. It is with great excitement that we announce Second’s very first, very creative…
Churchwide Staycation Bible School!
Our Morning VBS theme “God Calls” will be saved for the summer of 2021, and we are shifting Evening VBS to take place virtually in July, making our new theme for all ages: “Come to the Table.”
For the month of July, Second will take part in a multi-generational program, focusing on the stories of Jesus at the table and centering around our table life at home. Each week will include a special digital class for adults from the Rev. Jenny McDevitt, as well as children’s VBS programs like energizers, crafts, music, and Bible storytelling for children. Lessons and projects will “drop” digitally on Sunday evenings, and can be enjoyed anytime in the week that follows. Each week’s program will include a spiritual practice for your family’s mealtime, as well as a special recipe you can try (knowing your Second family is sharing in the same foods around their tables!). Planning is also underway to include middle and high school youth in this multi-generational event.
The scripture stories for each week are:
July 5 – Luke 9:10-17
July 12 – John 2:1-11
July 19 – Matthew 22:1-14
July 26 – Luke 24:36-43
Each Sunday in July, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., parents will be invited to drive by the portico entrance to pick up their children’s VBS kit for the week. Volunteers will be safely equipped to share these colorful kits, which will include all the craft supplies your family will need for the week of VBS ahead. Families with elementary aged children are encouraged to register online for VBS, so we will know how many VBS craft kits to prepare. If you have already registered for Morning VBS, we will include your family in our count. Register here: https://kideventpro.lifeway.com/myEvent/?id=55493.
For months now, we have been considering how the Spirit may be leading us toward engaging, transformational, and healthy Vacation Bible Schools. With the gifts of creativity and flexibility required for this season of church life, we are thrilled at the opportunity this church-wide project provides. Please pray for the energy and imagination needed to create a wonderful experience for all ages. Summer 2020 may not look the way we anticipated, but God is on the move and we trust that great things are in store!
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Are you looking for ways to foster and nurture your family in an ever-changing world? Are you thinking about finding a church home? At Second Presbyterian Church, our friendly staff and congregation strives to care for your family both spiritually and emotionally. This website is designed to ease the transition into the life of our church. Whether you decide to visit or join, we welcome you!
Meet our Pastors
Dr. George C. Anderson
Dr. George C. Anderson is the seventh Senior Pastor in the history of Second Presbyterian Church (Roanoke, VA). He began preaching at Second on February 22, 1998. Previously, he had been the Senior Minister at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MS, and an Associate Minister at First Presbyterian Church in Kingsport, TN. He is a graduate of St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, NC, and Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. Dr. Anderson is involved in every aspect of church life with an emphasis on preaching, teaching, visiting, and staff oversight.
George and his wife, Millie, have three daughters: Paige, Rachel, and Virginia. Virginia became a new mother to daughter Emory on November 1, 2017.
The Reverend Elizabeth N.H. Link
The Rev. Elizabeth N.H. Link joined the staff of Second Presbyterian in August 2011. She attended Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, where she majored in history and religion: Christian education. Following graduation, she served First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach, FL, as Director of Christian education, and subsequently recognized the call to ordained ministry. In 2009, Elizabeth earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. Afterwards, she served as a Lake Fellow in Parish Ministry, at Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, IN.
The Reverend Rachel C. Thompson Orfield
The Rev. Rachel C. Thompson Orfield is a 2015 graduate of Duke Divinity School, where she enjoyed the benefits of studying under world class biblical scholars, fell in love with the Reformed tradition, and discerned a call to ministry. Prior to her time at Duke, Rachel did her undergraduate work at Furman University, where she majored in Classics and Sociology. After graduating from seminary, Rachel spent a year working as a chaplain in the Heart Center at Duke University Hospital. Rachel joined the staff at Second Presbyterian in June of 2016 and married her husband, Noah Thompson Orfield, in April of 2020.