It doesn't seem that long ago that last year's season ended and COVID-19 began. Though COVID-19 has heavily affected our lives these last few months, we hope this email finds you all happy, healthy and with more time to spend with God and family.
Typically, we would be sending you this email to let you know about the upcoming registration period, but this year we are sending you this email to update you on the status of the season. Instead of opening up registration in September as we have in the past, we are going to wait until Utica Community Schools makes the decision on Winter Sports before we move forward this season.
We believe that we are supposed to offer this ministry in some capacity, but we want to ensure that we have a clear and consistent path to offer it successfully even if it looks different than in previous years. Considering, this league is offered during the Winter months, we want to take some additional time, now, to prepare properly.
Please know that the safety of our Upward players, fans, families and volunteers is our #1 priority. Upward Basketball at Stoney Church has always been a ministry first and a basketball program second, so hopefully you can understand this decision.
Still, we believe that this ministry and the people involved have a lasting impact on this community. Right now, we don't know what Upward Basketball will look like this season, but we are praying to be able to bring it to you in some capacity. We at Stoney Church value our Upward Families and want you to know that we are here for you. We know that these are trying times for many families with uncertainties related to the upcoming school year and we want to remind you that we are always available for you.
Though children's programs are not currently running during church services as normal, we do have in-person and online church at 10:00 AM on Sunday mornings. If you have any interest, please email email@example.com or follow Stoney Church or SC Kids on Facebook.
We will keep you posted as new information arises, but please feel free to reach out to us with any questions and concerns.
Pastor Nathan Bills (Upward Director) - nathanb@stoneychurch
Courtney Gray (Upward Administrator) - firstname.lastname@example.org