Coming back from vacation this week, it was good to get back into my office at the church and begin to settle into the somewhat familiar routine (albeit a little different due the times of COVID). Upon return, I found the church a hive of industry, everyone working well spaced apart. Florence, Church Manager, was busy organizing innumerable things to ensure that the ministry and work of Kamloops United Church flows without a hitch. Joanna, in the front office, was working on updating our computer systems. Bill and Jim, custodians, were working on the
sanctuary renovations (which look marvelous!!). Rick, Pit Stop Coordinator, was busy organizing this Sunday’s meal. Summer student Kiara was at the sewing machine making masks (Levi was off that day). I sat back in my chair, sipped on my coffee, and thought yes, Kamloops United is really a place where God’s work is happening. (I was truly thankful to be back working with a great bunch of people.)
For me, the next few weeks are ones of planning for the fall as well as working with the rest of the staff on projects that we never seem to get a chance to get at. With Joanna being recently hired, a new Spiritual Coordinator coming on board soon and Tomas, our new music director starting in September, this is the time when we are
giving some thought as to how we build our staff team. We are all looking at how we can better coordinate our work in the church office and have a new interoffice communication tool called “Slack.” We are considering how we gather around faith and spirituality as a staff team.
Of course, much of our work depends on the decisions of Council Circle which will be meeting in a couple of weeks to consider where to go in next steps if and how we might safely open up some areas of the church.
During these times of COVID, I think one of the challenges of our congregation is for everyone to continue to feel that they are a part of Kamloops United Church. This is hard when we can’t worship or come to the church for programmes and fellowship. However, I want to thank our Pastoral Care Team and those who are phoning on
behalf of the church. You are doing an excellent job at keeping in touch with everyone! (If you feel that you need more connection with the church, please don’t hesitate to contact me.)
Image credit: … a photo from Michael titled “Minister on Vacation – Logan Lake”