But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
~ Jeremiah 29:7
With Pastor Jill on partial sabbatical, she asked me to compose a piece for Happenings regarding Governor Baker’s recent announcement about reopening of houses of worship.
The above scripture and quoted excerpts are taken from a SNEUCC blog post on May 15th: “This is a time unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetimes…. We have had moments of creative ingenuity and moments of overwhelming exhaustion.
We entered it in chaos, we plan to move through it with intention.
We’re not reopening. Because we never closed.
We have engaged ministry in new ways. We will move forward in new ways.
[In response to the Governor’s announcement, Old Parish will follow the SNEUCC Conference 4-phase opening approach] tied to local conditions and the guidance of local government and health care professionals.
The way forward won’t be linear. Based on these phases and the current trends we believe
in-person worship in buildings will need to be suspended through at least the end of the summer.
Pastor Jill and Council continue to monitor and discuss the situation as well as our innovative worship practices to ensure that we are effectively reaching and serving our parishioners and friends.
Be safe, be well and with blessings,
Julie Hannum, Moderator