Faith in a Time of Isolation – Oct 2, 2020
Our own Katharina Manassis speaks with Christopher White about these changing and challenging times. Dr Katharina Manassis helps us all to navigate the second stage of Covid19. The metaphor she uses is moving from an emergency into managing a chronic illness.
Here is an earlier interview with Katharina and Christopher from April: Dr Katharina Mannasis, a child psychiatrist and author, shares how to keep ourselves and relationships healthy through this time of isolation. She speaks about we support our children, teenagers, partners and ourselves in a very challenging time. We will get through this!
August 2020 Update
St. Mark’s Board has decided that we will not be resuming face to face services in September. Services will continue on Zoom for now, and the Board will re-evaluate this decision month by month.
The time, energy and risk in face to face services would be considerable for both staff and volunteers. The potential benefit is limited by the small numbers allowed with physical distancing (20 per service) and the many elements which are prohibited (no singing, responsive prayers, Sunday School, communion, coffee time, etc.
On the positive side, St. Mark’s is blessed with an abundance of energetic, creative people who have devised virtual, small group, and outdoor/drive-in activities which are feasible despite the current restrictions. Thus, with appropriate precautions, we can come together in new ways to celebrate our community and our faith. These will be communicated as plans firm up. It is clearly difficult that we cannot all meet together yet, this is a safe and encouraging start. Thank you again for your understanding, and for your continuing contributions to the life of our church!
June 2020 Update