Rector's Reflections: Welcome Kerry
It is a joy to write to you for a second week in a row to introduce you to another new staff person here at St. Paul's. Last month Katy and I were blessed to meet Kerry Chomic, a parish administrator for two Episcopal parishes North of Boston. Kerry's fluency with technology positioned her to be a godsend to a few parishes during the pandemic; offering the creativity, know-how, and initiative to get churches up and running in various on-line modes.
We are blessed to have Kerry working with us for the next few months upgrading our internet speed (which was already quite bolstered by Andy's work during the pandemic, but will need to be faster for our long-term streaming goals), assessing the state of our current sound and streaming capabilities, and recommending the right tools to help us move into an age of full, long-term hybrid church in which we will be able to live-stream our in-person services with multiple video angles, quality sound, and user friendly equipment.
Kerry's experience over the past year and a half has her arriving at St. Paul's with a boatload of first- hand trial-and-error knowledge in this world of live-streaming worship. She says, "I LOVE this work. I became an Episcopalian about 8 years ago and have loved being active in the Parish Communications world, especially as the Church, as a whole, grapples with the move to digital spaces."
Join me in welcoming Kerry to this 5-hour a week project to have us up and running by Christmas, and then guiding us (with help from Andy Nguyen) into a sustainable system wherein volunteers can take over, keeping us on-line indefinitely, even as we gather in person.
Also, watch your mailbox for a little something from us, including a breakdown of who all works here now, what their hours are, and how to reach them.
Yours in Christ,