Dear Friends and Members of the Ark and Dove Community,
We begin to emerge from the pandemic, much the way we went into it. We are constantly surprised by new experiences and information; many of the situations awkward. There is every reason to hope, but we are dazed by a year of fear. We call this trauma. There is no useful purpose to comparing one trauma to another. There is no “right” way to recover from this ordeal. There are many paths to healing and different people will heal at different paces. For some trauma may linger for quite some time and certainly all of us will carry strong memories well into our futures.
For those of us who are disciples of Jesus, we can remind each other to remain compassionate. We can refrain from judging people who are emerging from the crises at a different pace than we are. We can treat people like children of God even when they are reacting or over reacting in a way that puts us off. Its going to take us a while to find our collective sea legs.
So when we gather for indoor worship on Sunday June 20, we will wear masks. We will wear masks because different people are healing at different paces. We will wear masks because we have not yet achieved “herd immunity.” We will wear masks because many of us have regular contact with children who are not yet able to be vaccinated. Things will change. The sun will rise on this darkness and we will adjust our approach when it is appropriate. As for outdoor worship, masks are no longer required, but we are asking that for now, people wear masks to outdoor Sunday School.
On this healing side of this pandemic, I give thanks for our elders, deacons and staff who have operated on overdrive in this year plus of deep challenge. They have been faithful and diligent in their execution as leaders of the church, even as they faced their own family and or household and work challenges, situations and decisions. I am deeply grateful for their thoughtfulness and compassion. Ark and Dove has truly been the church as it should be.
Peace of Christ,