Simple Practices As We Embrace Social Distancing
Stay Connected Photo Challenge
Lent is a season where we are invited to fast, pray, and reflect as we anticipate and prepare for Easter. As a community we have been focusing on simple practices and connecting over simple meals. We know that for many, gathering together throughout Lent is a meaningful way to reflect, and we are longing for ways to continue connecting as a community even as we practice social distancing. We are inviting everyone to participate in a new simple practice through the remainder of Lent - sharing a photo with the community each day!
Each day we will share a photo with a one word prompt and invite you to reflect on what that word means and looks like to you. You can share the photo you take on facebook, instagram, or by email - you can include a caption or reflection if you wish, but do not need to. When you share your photo on social media, include #saxumc in the caption so we can follow along! You do not have to be a great photographer. This is more about the simple practices of paying attention, being intentional, and taking a few moments each day to pause, rest, and reflect. We hope sharing little glimpses of our lives will encourage us to stay connected in conversation and reflection in the days to follow!
Post your picture on facebook or instagram, or email it to email@example.com.
Use the hashtag #saxumc so we can all share these images.
Check the Saxapahaw United Methodist Church facebook page every day for updates.
Post It Note Prayer Wall
Most of us are getting out into the community to walk or go grocery shopping. Many of us need an intentional way to connect with God and our community. It is our hope that this prayer wall, located on our new doors to the sanctuary (next to the daycare entrance), will be an inviting place for you to stop and connect without needing to touch anyone or anything.
The prayer wall is also a place to share joys and concerns with the community. Each day blank post-it notes and clean pens will be available for you. Take a few minutes to add your own prayers to the prayer wall, and then stop and pray for others.
We simply ask that you be mindful of others, limiting what you touch and keeping a safe social distance of 6 feet between one another.
We know prayer makes a difference and we are grateful for your participation as we weather this season of isolation and uncertainty in our lives.
Embracing Sacred Space
Starting today, a flame will burn on the altar in the sanctuary until our patterns are able to return to normal. This light is intended to remind us that we are children of the light who walk in the light. As we experience the darkness of COVID-19, know that the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:5).
If you are are seeking sacred space and you are not in a high risk category (over 65 and/or immunocompromised), you are invited to enter the sanctuary to pray, meditate, sing, journal, or simply sit in the presence of God.
We ask that you enter through the glass double doors (next to the daycare entrance) and sanitize your hands before entering the sanctuary. We also ask that you observe safe social boundaries (at least 6 feet), and limit the total number of people present at one time to 5.
Stay and enjoy the presence of God for as long as you desire.
Creating Sacred Space
Some of us are in high risk categories. We are over 65, and/or we struggle with diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or are otherwise immunocompromised. Still, we are seeking meaningful ways to connect with God.
Knowing that a candle shines in our sanctuary, we invite you to light a candle in your home, welcoming the Holy Spirit into your home and into your hearts.
Gather around the candle with others or by yourself. Read scripture, or a daily devotion, or simply enjoy the light, knowing that you are not alone. God is with us!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
Phone Call Challenge
We encourage you to call at least one person every day. Share your joys and concerns. Consider reading scripture or the daily Upper Room together and reflecting on it. Pray together. Offer to go get groceries or run an errand for someone who shouldn't be leaving the house. Be creative!
If you spend 10 minutes on the phone every day then in one week you will have spent as much time being intentionally connected to one another as you spend in worship on Sunday.
If you don't have the current directory on your phone or need a printed copy contact Laurie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Listen to a Podcast
Pastor Sue and Pastor Bailey are both reflecting on scripture and the ways God is speaking to us in the midst of these unprecedented times. Please check out the podcasts at https://www.saxumc.org/podcast.
Our hope is to post every Sunday and Wednesday, reflecting both on the scriptures for each Sunday and staying connected with our Lenten Theme of Simplicity and our focus on the SPICES of life.