by Michael Boyink / [email protected]
“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV
Across the nation, the story was the same.
COVID-19 related shelter at home restrictions meant that traditional Easter services couldn’t be held.
For many, technology was the answer. Smartphone apps and online video conferencing software like Zoom, Facebook Live, and Microsoft Skype stood in for decorated church buildings.
But technology only goes so far. For some communities – like the residents at Ava’s Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center – an online Easter wasn’t a workable solution.
Instead, members of the Spring Valley Community Church in Ava gathered on the back patio of the facility while residents sat inside, observing proper social distancing.
The church members led HOTO residents in a short worship service, a message, and then administered Communion. HOTO staff delivered the elements inside while Joe LaTour, one of Spring Valley’s Pastors, led the service from outdoors.
After delivering Communion to residents sitting in the dining hall, the church group went window to window to give Communion to residents not able to leave their rooms.
“HOTO staff heard the residents heart and that they wanted Communion,” said Belva Tarrant. “So I got some from others at Spring Valley and we made it happen. It was a blessing to be there and we were happy to help.”