Last night we went to the 6:30 pm Monday night service offered by our church. This is actually only the 2nd time we have been there in person since March. All services had been offered virtually, but they’ve been back in person too now for a while.
I especially wanted to go in person last night because it was going to be our Pastor’s very last time preaching. He and his family just accepted a call to head back to New Jersey where he is from. What is up with everyone moving lately?!
Of our two pastors, he is the younger one- close in age to use and the father of 3 elementary aged kids. I’m disappointed that he is leaving! He’s really funny and relatable and does a great job. His sermons always get to you, know what I mean?
Last night was a very emotional service for him and despite choking up in tears multiple times, he managed to get out a very inspirational “10 Lessons Learned” sermon, relating his past 10 years here with God’s teachings for us all.
Church in general is pretty different now, too. For my “pandemic documentation” purposes as you’ve seen in other posts, here’s a quick rundown on how it’s currently operating:
- Sign up in advance online. Space limited to 120 people.
- Every other pew is blocked off
- In the occupied pews, people need to sit on the outside ends, leaving 6 ft in between parties
- No hymnals or bulletins
- No shaking hands/sharing peace- everyone just “waves” at everyone at that time. It feels dorky and kind of made me cringe, but I get it…
- Everyone wears a mask
- Communion is done differently- received at the end of the service and is distributed at the exit as people file out in socially distanced lines (with hand sanitizer stations along the way).