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GROWTH: THROUGH INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS AT SPBTS THE REV. LOUANNE LOCH JOINED THE STAFF OF ST. PAUL’S BY-THE-SEA EPISCOPAL . CHURCH ON OCTOBER 31, 2016, AS RECTOR. SINCE THEN, THE REV. LOCH HAS BEGUN A VARIETY OF INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS DESIGNED FOR CHURCH GROWTH. ere are examples of some of the new programs “Wellness Wednesdays” are free chair yoga Hdeveloped by The Rev. Louanne Loch at St. classes that are held in the Christopher Building Paul’s by-the-Sea (SPBTS) to promote growth: on the SPBTS campus. “We started with close During the 2016 holidays, she placed a to 20 attendees before Christmas holidays and liturgical-based commercial video that it’s picking back up after the holidays. In the near challenged people to send it to 10 of their future, we’ll offer free mat yoga classes for parents friends. Attendance results were up for both and the friends of the children who attend our Christmas services. Beaches Episcopal School,” shares The Rev. Loch. The Rev. Loch is in the process of “We’ve begun a successful book study on working with the Jacksonville Beach City Council the book 12 Steps to Spiritual Wholeness: for new directional signs so that people can more Breathing Under Water. This book study is easily fnd the church, which is located a block also held on Wellness Wednesdays and will and a half off of the main street that runs through continue through Lent.” Jacksonville Beach. SPBTS is looking ahead and creating fyers, She is also working with a newly-formed signs and banners for a new service entitled SPBTS Communications Committee to freshen “Shorts, Sandals and Steel Drums.” The Rev. the current website and create more opportunities Loch is developing a family-friendly Seekers for engagement. service to begin at 11:30 am and end at Noon. Tom Schifanella, long-time SPBTS member This exciting new service will begin with the and partner at the Shepherd agency, is the head of blowing of a conch shell and will begin after this SPBTS Communications Committee. Tom Easter Sunday, and will attract what publications began shaking things up right away by purchasing now call “nones,” which are people that as yet ads on NPR radio that ran on Saturdays. Social have no church affliation or for young families Media is another platform on which the SPBTS who would just like to have the opportunity to Communication Committee has focused. As a sleep in one Sunday a month. This will be a short, result of keeping Facebook fresh, with much more informal Eucharistic service where attendees are information and photos shared, The Rev. Loch encouraged to come as they are. Attendees has spoken with growing numbers of newcomers wear shorts and sandals and SPBTS provides who have found the church on Facebook. the steel drums. > DIOCESAN MAGAZINE | WINTER-SPRING 2017 9
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