Dear Allin members and friends,
Blessings of communion and hope in this unprecedented time
of isolation and fear. I do hope this letter finds you all in good
health, both physically and mentally.
I have missed you all these past weeks. The church has been so
quiet without the many community groups who use our space
over the course of the week, the music programs and choral
groups who fill our four walls with life and spirit in the evenings, and the joyful and holy community that we create
every Sunday morning. In the nearly 12 years that I have been your pastor we have canceled our
Sunday morning sanctuary worship only once and that was the result of a blizzard that was
predicted to peak at exactly 9:45am that Sunday morning.
And yet, now we are in a time and space that insists the church doors remain closed indefinitely, all
meetings canceled. My heart is broken for us and for this world.
However, we are people of the resurrection and so know better than others that life always comes
out of death. And so, as we wait for this to pass over us, we, your Allin leadership and staff, are
doing what we can to care for you, each other, and this community. Here are some of the ways we
are doing this:
Digital worship. Our first week apart we gathered only a small team of worship leadership and,
together went LIVE on facebook with 260 members and friends! Unfortunately we can no longer
get together to create a live experience (our building has been closed by MA order) so we will be
putting together a 20-30 min video that will be published at 9:45 Sunday morning to both
Facebook and our website, www.allinchurch.org, so we can watch it together. At the end of this
“watch party” I will go live on Facebook with an interactive prayer. If you do not have Facebook
you are welcome to send in your prayers via email or phone call in the days prior. This is a work in
progress and we will be learning each week. We thank you for your patience and participation!
Community. Community is one the most important parts of being Christian and of being a
member of our church. When we come together, share our stories, and listen to each other’s
experiences we are creating a Holy Spirit that is love. Unfortunately, in an effort to stay the spread
of COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) we are called to find creative ways to be in community. For
some of us this has been through social media. Allin Church has been posting daily devotions,
prayers, and silly memes to our account in an effort to engage and encourage our people over
these weeks. In addition, nearly daily emails with the same devotions and prayer requests have
been sent. Finally, this week we’ve begun exploring digital meetings among leadership to keep
active on the business of the church as well as insure our activities, care for each other, and
upkeep are not being neglected.
Church building and business. Per the Governor of the state of MA’s advisory, the Allin
Church is closed indefinitely. We will be abiding by state and federal instruction and order
regarding the building. However, your staff has been working harder than ever to continue the
good work of the church, insure that we continue to be accessible to those in need, and also to all
of you. Mail is still being received daily. Phone messages are checked every 24 hours. Email is
checked regularly throughout the day. If there is an emergency please do not hesitate to
call me on my cell phone at 617-688-8619.
If you would like a phone call, even just for company, you are welcome to call my cell phone!
Chances are I WOULD LIKE A PHONE CALL TOO! In the meantime, you are all in my
prayers and I look forward to the day we can come together once again, celebrating new hope
and life resurrected!