FINDING NEW WAYS TO MINISTER DURING THE PANDEMIC
by Co-Pastor John Davis, Spring Lake Presbyterian, Sebring
On Sunday March 22, we held our morning worship service using Zoom. On Saturday before, we called every member of the congregation advising that they had been an email, inviting them to join us on Sunday morning for the service via the internet. About one third of the congregation did join us for the Sunday Worship Service.
An unintentional but very welcome side effect took place. When people started dialing in, they discovered that they could talk with each other and also see them on their screen. It was like before and after a normal church service, visiting with friends. I think that was more popular than the sermon? Ha.
The congregation has been divided into 10 groups and a Deacon or Elder assigned to call each one every week and report back to the pastors. We currently have one member in a rehab center, one in assisted living and one in a nursing home. Otherwise all are in their homes.
We always see the best come out of some people in times like this and this has been no exception. Last week Harriet and I received a call from two of our “old” youth group kids from when we were Youth Directors at the Sunrise Church in Miami, almost 50 years ago. Linda lives in Miami and Sue lives up North but also owns a house in Sebring.
They said that they were coming to Sue’s home in Sebring and would be the hands and feet for our church during this time. They are picking up prescriptions, groceries and other necessities for anybody that needs it. They are also preparing and delivering meals to many of our members daily.
Since Friday March 20, they have delivered more than 40 meals to a dozen homes and we are adding new homes to their list each day. It’s a full meal too, meat, vegetable, salad and dessert.