Rector's Reflections: Making Rainbow Connections!
The other day, I got to sit with a couple of you in our new Rainbow chairs and talk a bit about life. It was so fantastic.
We have been on Zoom screens and social media, in email and on YouTube, which is all more satisfying than I would have guessed, but still, we are an incarnational people! It is good to be together. And while I am a strong proponent of masks, I am loving that it seems safe to sit outdoors, socially distanced, and talk together unmasked.
And so, I want to invite you into something we're calling "The Rainbow Connection" (thank you Kermit).
Make a date with someone at the rainbow chairs.
If you are a "type A" kinda human, here's some step-by-step for you:
1. Think of someone you miss or someone you haven't seen in awhile, maybe someone who hasn't been able to tap into cyber-church much.
2. Call or email them and find a time to meet at the chairs. No need to schedule this with the church office. The chairs are there for YOU!
3. Consider inviting 1-2 more folks as well. We do have four chairs- and you can even bring more.
4. Go sit and talk! If someone else is already there, find a spot on the Gale House porch, church steps, or around on Susan's Bench.
5. Feel free to move the chairs to follow the shade, just don't pinch your fingers (they fold)!
6. If you've been invited to a Rainbow Connection, consider initiating one with someone else!
Also, and maybe primarily, our in-person worship has yet to reach the 30 person capacity we have had to set. We'd LOVE to worship with you in person at 9am tomorrow (August 29), or at 10am starting September 5th. There is always room, Sherrill Hall stays pretty cool and is well ventilated, masks are worn by all throughout, and the vestments that have been made for this worship space are incredible. Also, we get to sing a hymn together at the end before we clear out, which is like the best exhale ever.
I know this Delta Variant is making things feel scary all over again; please know that when we gather, we do so with safety as a top priority. If you'd like to read our current guidelines from the diocese, they are here.
Yours in Christ,
P.S. I promised to give you our Fall Worship Schedule this week! In a nutshell, we'll worship on-line at 8:30am on Sundays, and then that recording will be available for folks who like to worship later in the day. We'll worship in-person in Sherrill Hall at 10am, with those 10am services moving up to the church sometime in the Fall. All are welcome!
Published in E-pistle Newsletter on August 28, 2021