Now, what does that mean for us?
We are looking to transition to a hybrid model of worship in the summer with both online worship and in-person gatherings. By fall we may have full access to indoor worship. Though we also want to remain connected to people who join us in worship from far away. Our situation is complex because we still have to abide by the requirements of our host churches for worship gatherings, and in Eastsound and Friday Harbor these are quite stringent. A task group is being formed for the necessary planning.
It’s exciting for us especially to prepare for baptisms, and new members can be received. There are young adults ready to be confirmed. And long-delayed celebrations of life will now become possible.
We joyfully anticipate the community life that we will gradually resume in our islands and our world. But let us also consider wisely what we have learned in this pandemic to keep our faith community connected across the waters that separate our islands. Going faithfully forward together!