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As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, many of us are experiencing the longest absence from the communion table we’ve had in years – perhaps even in our entire adult lives.  Keeping people connected with Christ and one another has become especially challenging at a time when it has never seemed more necessary.

“Over the course of this pandemic, people have begun to think of ways that they can continue to be connected to the worshipping community while observing social distancing,” Pr. Fields said. “For example, some members are hosting Zoom gatherings with friends and watching live-streamed worship at home together while apart.”

In addition, Immanuel has temporarily adopted the practice of “drive-through Communion.”  On the first Sunday of each month, following the late service, the pastor communes members through their car windows at the porte-cochere.

“The eucharist is something that we celebrate and is a very important part of church.  We have been unable to attend because of health concerns.  It means a lot to my wife and me that we continue to watch the live stream and commune with our Immanuel family,” explained Mike Millikin, an Immanuel member.

This practice would not be possible without the help of Immanuel altar guild members, who stay after the service to prepare the elements and assist the pastor with distribution and clean up.  “I had taken for granted the rhythm of seeing people each week. I miss it and I realize how important it is, even if it’s only for a few moments,” said Pastor Fields.  “I’ve been moved by the gratitude and appreciation people have shown for the opportunity to receive communion.”  

Another member commented on how helpful it is to have a regular and predictable opportunity to commune with and see other members, even from afar.  “I like that Chris Prahlow directs traffic on drive-up communion weeks, not because I want for him to be cold, but because he’s so friendly with such a broad subset of the congregation. It’s pleasant to chat with him, too, while waiting, in a way that feels more substantial than small talk.”

On average, about seventy people have been receiving drive-through communion on the first Sunday of each month.

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