Staying Safe and Getting Creative

by Heidi Dirks

WINNIPEG, Man.—During this time of physical distancing and staying safe at home Aberdeen EMC has been creative in how we worship and connect with each other. For several months we connected with weekly Zoom services on Sunday evenings. Everyone had a chance to share how they were doing and there was a special children’s feature. As is often the case, the children’s feature impacted the adults as much as the children.

Pastor Teresa Enns Zehr created a phone tag plan, pairing up congregants and asking that they contact their phone tag buddy each week. Every few weeks we were given new phone tag buddies, giving us a chance to intentionally connect with people we may not otherwise connect with outside of in-person church services.

For the children in our congregation we dropped off Easter baskets with some activities that families could do together. The sidewalk chalk was used to create beautiful artwork for everyone to enjoy. The colours and beauty were a helpful reminder of the beauty of God’s creation, especially in difficult times. The chocolate was appreciated and quickly eaten.

When it became safe to meet in person again we were fortunate to be able to gather in Ron and Ruth Penner’s backyard for outdoor services every second week, with Zoom meetings continuing on the alternating weeks. We adjusted to the new normal of physical distancing outside, sanitizing the mic between speakers, and serving coffee in a safe way. It was good to see each other in person again! Thank you to Ron and Ruth for welcoming us to your backyard.

We are blessed by the ways that the children and youth in our congregation are part of our church services, sharing their gifts with us all. While our Sunday services may look different, our children continue to be an important part of our services.

We are thankful that the church is not contained in a physical building, and that we can continue to fellowship and worship together online and while physical distancing. While there are many unknowns about what Sunday services will look like over the next many months, we rest in God’s goodness and faithfulness.

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