Dear Friends in Christ,
If you have school-aged kids of your own—or if you’ve just driven past a bus stop—you know that school looks different this year. Everybody’s wearing masks. Kids are eating lunch outside when they can. It’s back to “normal,” but it’s not business as usual.
Christian Formation for adults and children at Grace begins this Sunday, and the same thing is true for us. It’s not business as usual.
When those of you who are parents gathered for a town hall meeting earlier this month, your feelings were clear: you want your unvaccinated children outside as much as possible. While our society is better able to manage COVID than it was last year, we still face many challenges, and I am aware that adults as well as children may be hesitant to gather in large groups.
We’ve made some changes to address these challenges. Here’s what formation will look like this fall:
- Sunday School classes for elementary students will meet outside as much as possible. In good weather, they will gather at the playground area. Children’s Chapel will also continue to meet on the playground. We ask children to be masked, even outside, for everyone’s safety.
- Grace School will soon be acquiring a canopy to protect their students at drop off and pick up, and that canopy (at the far end of the parking lot) will also provide protected space to gather outdoors in light rain.
- Our Adult Forum will meet in the Saint Mark Room, which is equipped with hybrid videoconferencing. This equipment will allow adults (whether presenters or participants) who cannot come to church to participate in the Forum before attending church via Livestream. The Zoom link will be posted in both the Good News @ Grace on Fridays and in the Sunday morning worship email.
We’re also using holiday weekends to try new things: Christian formation, on those weekends, will be outdoor, intergenerational experiences. We’re still dreaming them up, so please let Mother Nina know your ideas.
I look forward to seeing you Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Yours in Christ,
P.S. Did you enjoy last weekend’s Alpacalooza? Our first intergenerational event is not on a Sunday morning but rather on Saturday, October 16, as we go work at JK Farms, a community farm that provides produce for those who are food insecure. See details in our weekly emails.