Epworth has also been hosting some amazing "Porch Jams!" Organized by Caroline Lee as a dimension of Community Concerts at Epworth, these informal sessions feature some of the same amazing musicians that play at the formal series. But due to coronavirus, many musicians are not able to play together. This is a socially distanced, non-wind instrument jam session, not a performance, and folks in the neighborhood can hear music from the distance of their lawn, or a socially distanced lawn chair, all while masked. The purpose is not to draw a crowd, but to offer a respite to neighbors and musicians alike.
You may have noticed recently in last Sunday’s worship the debut of the "
Front Porch Ensemble
." Kudos to Director of Music Ministries Jerry Asheim and choir members for rolling with another new restriction on singing in indoor spaces. I learned of this new rule last week on our Bay District clergy call, and while we expect to receive a written detail of this new guidance this week, we are pivoting to some new styles for the safety of all. These expressions of music and care have made Epworth visible to our neighbors in a new way and several have offered positive feedback.
In all of the ways you are pivoting and shifting, you are in my prayers. With God’s help we will get through this. With God’s help, we are continuing to be the church. Praise be to God.
Grace and peace,