The New Pastoral Year Begins
Every August/September a new pastoral year begins. Families return from vacation, ministries begin anew, the parking lot is filled with children coming to school with big backpacks in the morning and after school, in the space next to the playground, there are almost continuous games of four square. As the new pastoral year begins, our campus is filled with happy sounds. In our current situation some things will stay the same and some things will, by necessity, have to change. Throughout the United States a new model of parish is emerging. It is a blend of both in-person and virtual, or online, worship, prayer, activities and ministries. Our Director of Stewardship, Kimberly Kaup and I have watched several webinars from parishes across the country on how to create a holy and effective blend between an in-person and virtual parish church community. Because we had a streaming platform before the pandemic, we were a little ahead of the game. Next week I will be meeting virtually with the Parish Council to discuss ideas on how we can continue to enhance our common life - both in person and virtually.