More and more people are being vaccinated and by fall, surely, we should be able to return to our church building, but will there be anyone there? Will there be anyone to take up collection and help count the offering and to do all the various tasks it takes for us to have a service? Over the past months, I've asked for volunteers. A few offered to read Scripture and some to light the Christ Candle during our Zoom services, but what about when we are back together again?
What about our fundraisers? Will we have any? If not, how do we pay our bills and maintain our building and the manse (which requires numerous repairs)? Where are the family members in our Aylmer United Church family? I don't know about when you were growing up, but when I was, we all had roles to play and chores to do and were active in church work as well - teaching Sunday School, washing dishes, making loaves and loaves of sandwiches and baking for teas and sales, funerals and special occasions, baking for dinners and pot-luck meals. What has happened to us in the congregation of Aylmer United Church. I think - just my opinion - but too few people have taken on the burdens for the rest.
How many (other than those who have been doing it for years) will write to say "Count me in, I'll do it." when we ask for someone to organize a Christmas Bazaar or dinner, or to help in all the many ways needed. Should I hold my breath?
As Chair of our Church Council, I want to keep this congregation together, but I wonder how with about 30 coming to our Zoom services - and several of them not part of our congregation. What more can I do than I am doing? What more can your Council do?
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