It’s September! Even on the humid days we are still experiencing, there is just a hint of fall somewhere in the air! With the end of August and beginning of September, there is typically the excitement and anticipation of a new school year. As we know, this year is a lot different. On the news, as they discuss the new school year, instead of seeing children loading onto their school buses, they are talking about how different things are right now. Instead of having our social media feeds loaded with children dressed up, with their full backpacks, standing on their front porches with signs saying the grade they are beginning…the photos are different. I’ve noticed that some of the students are still standing on their porch, they are holding their signs, but the final pictures are different. They aren’t of the student getting on the bus, they aren’t of the student walking into their school, they are back inside at home, sitting at their home learning space. Maybe its a corner of a room that their parents have redesigned and redecorated as a learning area, sometimes its a place where a desk has been for a long time, but now it is where the student has a place for their computer, and they log on for virtual learning.
While the students ended the school year with virtual learning, it does feel different now. The students will be in their online classes for longer periods of time this school year, and that has understandably caused stress for many families. We are doing all of this in order for us to keep the children as safe and healthy as we can.
For families juggling what this looks like for a new school year, there has been a certain amount of stress and anxiety over the last few weeks. If you are a parent feeling this, please know, you are not alone. Also know, you have been in the prayers of both Pastor Dave and myself. If you are not in the midst of dealing with this struggle, please join us in praying for everyone as they begin this new school year!
With all of this going on, and as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, its also impacting how things are “kicking off” this fall at St. Paul’s. We are continuing to monitor how things are going and we are looking at what Sunday school and confirmation will look like for us. None of the decisions are easy to make. None of the solutions are quite as simple as they may seem on the surface. We are in the midst of a big change as a society, and as a church. I appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate through these times! Please continue to monitor your emails, and our website to see the latest announcements and to see the opportunities we have here at St. Paul’s this fall!