After the retirement of our priest in late 2020, St. Dunstan’s is currently seeking a half-time priest. In this interim period, we are working with supply clergy to celebrate the Holy Eucharist every other Sunday. On the other Sundays (and some Wednesdays) we have lay-led worship.
the processional banner we made last year says, “We Are St. Dunstan’s”. Our last priest worked to expand that sense of involvement, especially with our young people. We have many parishioners involved in serving, reading and leading prayers. Our many lay homilists bring a wide range of life experience and reflection to our worship; hearing their stories has been another thread drawing us closer to one another.
While we are eager to resume in-person worship when it’s safe, we have adapted. Using Zoom rather than recorded or streamed-only services permits and encourages worship to be interactive and for us all to check in with each other after the service.
Our strong web of in-reach and outreach, our capable lay ministry team, and our inclusion of youth are key to our resilience.
Web of Gratitude –
During a combined Sunday Service on the day of our 2019 Annual Parish meeting we stood in a circle and took turns sharing something we are grateful to another church member for, passing a ball of yarn as we went; the yarn creating a ” web of gratitude” encircling the congregation.