@Amy Crane posted:
Interesting food for thought from Presbyterian Outlook: Opinion: COVID-19 could end church as we know it. And I feel fine.
It says in part:
As stressful as these times are, they have provided an extraordinary opportunity in my Christian community to reflect on our identity and mission as the church, and to imagine ways of being more connected than ever with our fellow church members.
I know that members of my church as well as the pastor are being very intentional about reaching out and calling each other so we don't feel as distant.
I posted this in the "Exile" topic but it belongs here better and is in the same vein as your post.
One of the things churches are discovering is that many of its people want to respond and serve somehow during this pandemic. It is not only a Christian reflex, it a way of coping with our own sense of loss and anxiety.
How can children serve? The answers are probably LOCAL to where each of us lives.
In my community:
- A church has been making and distributing home-sewn masks for children. Kids can help make and distribute to their friends.
- A church on Main street put out a sign asking for canned goods, and there are cars there every time I drive by. Kids can put on gloves and sort.
- My granddaughter's best friend (and her mom) showed up on their doorstep last week with a cooler full of ice cream sandwiches in a wagon. They were wearing masks and gloves, stayed outside, and only stayed for 5 minutes because they had other neighbors to visit.