Welcome to a brave new world
March 18, 2020
What strange times we find ourselves in! At this point, that feel fairly obligatory to write, but you’ve likely been coming to terms with a new way of life in the midst of a global pandemic. [Never thought I’d have to write those words!]
By now you’ve probably created your kids’ daily schedule—because it’s not a snow day, after all—that you hope will last more than a week. You’ve probably gotten groceries to keep you set for a little while. You’ve probably gotten in at least one argument about “social distancing” with a family member.
And hopefully, you’ve found a new way to engage your faith journey this week. Maybe that’s a newfound quiet time or space for silence and solitude. Maybe it’s online tools that are now available. I hope you’ve not forgotten your spiritual life in the midst of rapid change and increasing slowing. Certainly, the opportunities are different for you, but no less available.
Here are a couple of ways in which you can engage with your church over the coming months of increasing isolation:
- Stay connected:
You’re still the church even though you’re a bit more isolated. Pick up the phone, invite a friend to Skype, Zoom, or Google Meet, chat. Even if you’re not feeling the need for it, someone else might appreciate the gift of your attention and connection.
- Ask for help:
We’re still the church, too. We still exist to help people find their way back to God and meet the needs of our community.
- Engage a new practice:
You’re about to be a lot less busy than you used to be. Consider going back to our sermon series, “Healthy,” and pick a new spiritual practice to engage over this time. Don’t just “wait it out” but allow God to work in you in a new way that will shape your heart.
- Take advantage of online worship opportunities:
Jamestown Harbor Church will be giving you opportunities to engage worship every Sunday. Feel free to engage that with your family, pause and chat, ask questions, journal. Or take the opportunity to engage with it alone.
- As you engage with online worship – be fully present. Reduce distractions and give your attention.
- As you engage with online worship – like, share, and comment! Work the Facebook algorithms to join with other people.
- As you engage with online worship – worship just don’t watch. Sing, pray, read out loud… resist the urge to make this a spectator sport.
You can follow our social feeds for updates on Sunday services, you can also subscribe to our podcast to get daily reflections on “The Daily Journey”.
Please reach out if there’s anything we can do to be the church to you in the coming weeks!