Within a matter of days, the whole world has turned upside down, and we find ourselves hunkering down in our homes, practicing "social distancing," this practice that public health leaders tell us is so important to prevent the exponential spread of the Coronavirus.
Many of us are juggling working from home while simultaneously caring for children and even homeschooling. Some have lost work. Others are dealing with concerns around our health and well-being or the safety of our families. In so many ways, this is a challenging time. Maybe more than ever, we need each other.
Because we are listening intently to the guidance of public health experts, our in-person worship gatherings are suspended until further notice. Sadly, it is not safe to gather together. But we can still remain connected when we gather for worship and other meet-ups online via Zoom.
For the time being, until further notice, please do not come to 509 Forest Avenue.
Instead, please join us at 11:00 am Sunday via Zoom for a time of worship and fellowship. We will continue our "Radical Jesus series," share some music, lift up our joys and concerns, pray together, and even share Communion from the safety of our homes.
Sunday mornings at 11 am
Meeting ID: 533 469 2118
In times like this, we realize how important it is to have a faith community — a church family with whom we can share our concerns and celebrations, whom we can rely on for prayer and support when many of our social connections are no longer possible. Truly, we are in this together, and we'll get through it together, with the help of God, whose love surrounds us and unites us and sustains us through all the joys and struggles of life.
Although physical distancing is essential, we want to avoid social isolation. We want to remain connected as much as possible. That's why we're working to put together Buddy Groups, and that's why we are coordinating some additional online gatherings in the coming days utilizing the Zoom platform.
Staying connected during physical distancing
Our Community Care Coordinator, Jeff Huot, has organized HGW Buddy Groups primarily by location. Each group has a Captain who will be in contact with those in his or her group to decide how the group will best be able to check in with each other daily.
If you signed up for a Buddy Group you should be hearing from your Captain very soon. If you don't hear from anyone please contact Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you haven't signed up yet, but would like to please let Jeff know and we can still add you.
Zoom Social Connection Gatherings
We are also coordinating mid-week online gatherings, just for the purpose of checking in with each other and nurturing community during this time of physical distancing. For a list of those that are currently scheduled, send us a quick email.