A Letter from the Executive Director

CreativeHearts March 2018

BRIDGEPOINT CHURCH at Toco Hills

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

   a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
   a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,

    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
   a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
   a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

CreativeHearts began in the fall of 2009 as a vision of Cindy Pitts, the wife of Fred Pitts, who was the pastor of Clairmont Hills Baptist Church. As a former home school mom and music/theatre teacher she had a passion for offering classes in the arts at her home church. With approval from the CHBC church body, Cindy put together a small team of talented individuals gifted in music, theatre, and visual arts. Classes began in August of 2010 with 19 families and 10 staff members. At the time, many of the families involved were a part of CHBC and it was a way to support those families, as well as the neighboring community. Over the next eight years, the program has grown and changed as additional arts classes for young children, multiple drama production classes, Lego STEM and academic classes have been added. As of January 2018, 34 staff members are needed to meet the needs of approximately 100 families that participate in the 30 plus classes and private lessons that meet on Monday and Wednesday during the school year. The atmosphere is grounded in Biblical principles and families are thankful for a safe environment for their children to learn.

Unfortunately, the church itself has experienced a decline in attendance. After much prayer and consideration of possible options over the last several years, Clairmont Hills Baptist Church has been reborn as Bridgepoint Church at Toco Hills on February 1st, 2018. There were many factors involved in making this decision, such as an unsuccessful merger attempt, the departure of the Pitts family to pastor a church in St. Augustine, Florida, as well as new leadership in calling Dr. Jim Haskell as the new lead pastor. With these changes came a renewed desire of those remaining to reach the community around us with the good news of Jesus Christ. Because the church wants to communicate to our neighbors that we are doing a new thing, we have chosen to replant with a fresh vision and a brand new name. Although we are a new church, we are firmly planted on the foundation of 62 years of CHBC faithfulness. Because of the new church structure, all previous ministries of CHBC are being evaluated to see if they should continue as part of the new church. That includes CreativeHearts.

With all of these huge changes, it only makes sense that this program that we love will change, too. In collaboration with the Community Engagement and Missions Team, the Direction team of Bridgepoint Church acknowledges the important work that CreativeHearts has accomplished over the last 8 years.  We have decided to launch a new ministry that leverages our strongest opportunities for impact in the community. As we are in the process of making decisions on how to best use our resources, there are a lot of unknowns at this time. In order to allow flexibility for the new church’s formation, it is necessary to simplify. The plan is to begin with drama, music and visual arts classes or clubs for all ages offered on Monday and Wednesday afternoon/evening. The goal is to offer creative opportunities as a tool to share the gospel through helping our neighbors find purpose in their passions. As the church grows, there is a great possibility of other types of classes being added.

This is a time of celebrating….celebrating our past and also planting… planting new seeds that we hope to water and nourish to fruition, as we endeavor to reach beyond our building and into the world around us that so desperately needs to know that God loves them and has a plan for them.

What this means:

  • CreativeHearts will cease to exist after the end of this school year- May 2018.
  • Bridgepoint church will start something new, based on the strengths of what CreativeHearts has built.
  • The church will offer classes and/or clubs during after school hours for all ages, beginning with drama, music and visual arts.
  • Academic classes and private lessons will not be offered at this time.
  • Opportunities for young children are being considered.
  • The format and structure of the classes offered will be different than the current school year cycle.
  • We are considering summer camps, as well as offering classes in locations outside the church building, such as Mason Mill Park.
  • Registration for new classes will be available closer to the time of the class offering.

Please take time to read the separate FAQ. http://www.clairmonthills.org/en/faq-about-the-future or at the FAQ tab above. 

I’m sure there will be other questions, and I will be happy to answer questions as I am able. Pray for us as we seek to use the resources that God has provided. We appreciate your love and support so very much as we move into this new season. Spring is right around the corner!

To God be the glory,

Pam Peeples  

Executive Director

CreativeHearts

Decatur, Georgia