One of the significant challenges of 2020 has been tending to life events, large and small, in some sort of way that feels even the tiniest bit “normal.” Regardless of what’s going on in the world’s healthscape, the day to day life events in our individual families do tend to continue. The challenges imposed in this COVID-19 reality we’re all living in this year is how to mark these occasions safely, to make the important occasions such as birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, weddings, funerals, births, and baptisms with some degree of what we’ve been accustomed to.
Enter creativity, ingenuity, and can-do spirit. We’ve seen it in a number of places, most markedly in our faith community by the continued robust engagement with our church, steady and committed online worship attendance, exceptional giving, and support of our mission and ministries, our continuing to reach out to comfort, congratulate, and make the special events we’re missing somehow even more special in the uniqueness of this situation with the collective determined creativity to make it so.
Examples in our First Church faith community abound, but perhaps most touching is the ability we’ve created to allow baptisms to continue in our sanctuary under strict precautions and careful choreography to keep everyone safe. Since May, we’ve had nine (with two more scheduled) of these unique treatments of re-engineered celebrations of baptism and created memories and photographs that will secure these moments in history.
Congratulations to these families and to all who have met the challenges of our COVID times with grace, creativity, and dogged determination to carry on — safely — during the pandemic.