In the heart of Canada lies a scenic province nicknamed ‘Friendly Manitoba’. This is a great place to live because of people and their kindness. The community spirit in Manitoba has surpassed basic boundaries with the concept of ‘socials’. We’re so sociable here that partygoers willingly purchase tickets to attend fundraising events for people they don’t even know!
Long time church members reminisce about the social gatherings from decades earlier. Many a Saturday night included playing games in someone’s home. There were progressive suppers, where you’d drive from family to family for each course of the meal. Talent shows, concerts, camp meetings. There was comfort in coming together.
How fascinating that in 2020, we find ourselves living an oxymoron through the practice of social distancing.
There is a pandemic that is causing most people, places, and things across Winnipeg, the country, and the world to come to a screeching halt! Social distancing is not just a weird catch-phrase. We find ourselves needing to physically self-quarantine and self-isolate for an unknown period of time, as a preventative measure. In addition to our prayers, we’re taking the necessary precautions to prevent us from carrying or spreading COVID-19 (Coronavirus) or other illnesses.
How can we stay connected during this time?
Phone calls, text messages, and video calls are safe; they do not transmit disease. The postal service is active — consider handwriting a letter or mailing a greeting card to someone.
Perhaps you’re able to cook a dish or a full meal and leave it on someone’s doorstep. Maybe you’re able to run errands on someone’s behalf or assist with yard work.
If subjects like math, science, and history are your forté, consider tutoring virtually. Art classes, workouts, and music lessons can also be taught online.
Our church is in the midst of 40 days of prayer. Why not call or message a few people and ask how you can be praying for them during this time?
Remember that though the church facility may be closed for worship, it doesn’t prevent us – the church – from being active and ministering to the needs of those around us. Ask God to give you opportunities to serve Him and be ready to act.
This idea of social distancing can be difficult because loneliness may be even more pronounced. Our hearts and our emotions crave connection, a comforting hug. In using what we already have, we can keep in touch and stay socially connected beyond any physical distance.