Rich tapestry of church

Author: The Revd Veronica Wilson

Published on: 26 June 2020

After a few weeks of COVID-19 lockdown, we realised how much church family members missed seeing each other, so we set up a ‘Church, Coffee and Chat’ for those on our church email list and invited everyone by email.

Help was offered to those who needed it. It’s been a steep learning curve, as each person got to grips with the technology, but so worth it to see and hear others.

We have had three coffee mornings so far, with over 30 people attending and ranging in age from 12 to 95, who live in Heacham or locally. Owing to the joy of technology we were once also joined by Herbert and Rachel, one of our mission links in Nepal! As people join it’s chaotic and noisy as we say “hello!” “Can you hear me?” “Can you see me?” or, “I like your wallpaper,” etc. We then mute ourselves and each person has the chance to speak.

We have shared prayer requests, joys, ideas for surviving lockdown, family news and seen some examples of what people have been doing, all while we drink our teas and coffee and some of us eat cake! We then finish with a prayer of blessing, with words put on the screen so we can join together. A small oasis of fellowship during isolation. There was lots of anxiety when we suggested it, but it’s been great. A part of the rich tapestry of ways we as church are keeping in touch with people; both in the church and village community in this season.

Here are some quotes from those who came:

 

“It’s not as scary as you imagine – (once you’ve learnt to mute and unmute)- and it’s well worth it because it gives you the opportunity of seeing people’s faces rather than just listening to their voices (as in a phone call)

“Mum loved the coffee morning, really cheered her up seeing people.” “Brilliant!! Loved it.”

 


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