Unprecedented. That’s a word we’ve heard often this year as we grapple with life in this COVID-19 world. COVID has changed the way we work, shop, holiday, socialise and, for those of us at Blockhouse Bay Baptist Church, the way we’ve done church.
Although disappointed at being unable to physically meet together as a community of faith, we continue to do all we can to care for our community, consider how we can serve our neighbours, and adhere to the lockdown protocols for the benefit of others. We have shifted from live services to posting Sunday service content on YouTube with age-specific engagement for kids and youth on a weekly basis. We have also gathered on Zoom for times of sharing, communion, and prayers as well as phone calls, texts, and the provision of practical care for one another.
We recognise how difficult this time is for many in our community. Working in partnership with the Glen Avon Trust we are supporting those who are struggling with job loss and lowered incomes. As the home for the Blockhouse Bay Combined Food Pantry, we continue to distribute food parcels (including home-made soup) while maintaining meeting limits and social distancing. We have also made and distributed 500 washable masks to individuals and groups in our community.
These efforts stem from a concern over how COVID can isolate us from one another. Being part of a community is essential for our well-being and being proactive in connecting helps alleviate loneliness and listlessness.
With the challenge of planning in these uncertain times and out of concern for our community, we’ve made the decision to cancel this year’s Hair Raising Hat Party. 2020 would have been the 20th consecutive year that we’ve hosted this event for our community, and we’re saddened that it will not proceed this year. All things being well, however, we look forward to celebrating with you in October 2021.
The team at Blockhouse Bay Baptist Church