Canton Presbyterian's Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’” – Matthew 22:37-40

How do we love our neighbors during a pandemic?
We keep them healthy.

This is the conclusion of a difficult conversation our session and staff had in March 2020. Along with many other churches in Canton and western NC, we have moved all our worship services and meetings online and through the mail. This means we do not meet in person for worship or faith development.

We are creative in how we live our mission. Worship resources, including sermons, are online via YouTube and Facebook. We can provide instructions for accessing those if anyone needs help. If you prefer, we can mail everything to you.

As disciples, each of us can stay in close contact with our neighbors. Pray. Call. Text. Skype. FaceTime. Cook for each other. Whatever works, whatever we need, we care for each other, especially those who are most vulnerable and isolated.

Canton’s Missional Network works to help children in the (hopefully unlikely) event schools close. Many of us are concerned about children who do not reliably get meals at home.

As Christians, we trust God, we listen to and learn from scientists, we care for each other, and we plan for the long term.

“I don’t like it. But I agree it’s necessary.” – Dr. Bill Rolland, Ruling Elder of Canton Presbyterian Church

Bill speaks for me too, and, I’m guessing, for most of us. May God bless us in our turmoil, our questions, our careful planning, our love for God, and our love for each other.

Grace and peace,
Esta

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