It's pretty hard to believe that I have been with you for 6 months. What happened to getting-to-know people over coffees and lunches? What happened to pastoral visits and bumping into people at events? What happened to congregational life? What happened to life?
Despite the bumpy COVID experience, I am glad to be on the journey with Eastwood Uniting. We have had the opportunity to do some lovely things (Easter was special) and have some nice surprises along the way. The testing and capacity-building of people to adapt to continuing to serve the wider community through online English classes and groups has been both a challenge and an extraordinary accomplishment.
Over the last six months we have been experiencing more than half of the time in the fallow season of lockdown. We have had to dig deep, mentally and spiritually. God's Spirit companions us, yet there are times when we have all felt the isolation and frustration associated with limited choices. It has been a struggle. The discipline of prayer and walking, masking and trying to sustain a rhythm of worship and connection has taken its toll on many. We need to continually work on encouraging one another to stay focused on self-care and care for the wellbeing of others.
Thank you for your faithfulness and encouragement.
Plant a sunflower seed and know that you are part of God's plan for growth and life!
- Rev Amelia
Beginning again and again
I started at Eastwood nearly four months ago. I began when people were starting to come back to the buildings. It felt good to see the energy and warmth of the communities. It has been good to meet new people. It has been exciting to see people with different interests.
This week we have had to close the doors again.
We have closed the Office to visitors and will try to do some work from home.
COVID makes us stop and start and stop and start.
I am staying at home as much as possible. I am happy to visit or make calls or help you get set up on computers or tablets.
These are skills we all need to learn for our future together. I am used to helping people who are not confident with digital devices. I trained as a Digital Mentor with Josh Wyatt of Signalbox. I am happy to spend some time mentoring anyone who might need some help getting started.
In the last few weeks I learnt how to make a website.
I made lots of mistakes. Perhaps you will be able to find some of them? Of maybe other people will help me to fix the mistakes before you find them?
Have a look around this website and see if you can find:
- a memory
- an idea
- a surprise
I would love to hear what you think!
- Rev Amelia
Eastwood Uniting Church
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