As for many of you, I’m sure you have found your social life altered by COVID-19. Many adjustments have been made. Perhaps a new video calling platform has been introduced to your life. In my current reality, video calls have been a pivotal feature in connecting; connecting for work, connecting with friends, and connecting for courses.
For events that once revolved around physical, human connection, this shift has been jarring. Community meals make up a significant portion of my weekly routine - one of which is hosted to meet newcomers to the city. In this collaboration between Tenth Church and Killarney Park MB Church, we put a halt to our biweekly meals until further notice. What first started as not meeting at all in person has turned into weekly online gatherings.
Though awkward at times (I mean, only so many people can speak at once. And by so many, I mean one), the joy is there. The desire to connect and be in relationship with one another is there.
Some memorable highlights:
As appreciative as I am of alternative connecting methods, I miss hanging out with people in person. Physical distancing and social isolation are challenging. I prefer connecting not through a screen. However, we need to work with what we have. And I think what we have had has been pretty special so far.
Hannah Wong serves in Local and Global Missions at Tenth and has a special knack for connecting with newcomer families and singles.