On Wednesday, September 23rd at 5:00pm, EAT PLAY LOVE (COVID Times Version) welcomed four families with children who registered for this popular evening in the Sanctuary of Lynn Valley United Church. Members of the Children Youth & Family Team were on hand to assist with greeting, checking protocols, hand washing for children. Each family group was guided to a table for that family where all activities took place. The well-spaced tables allowed everyone to see each other as well as Eric and Jorden leading worship. As parents and grandmas arrived and got settled, the children decorated the paper tablecloths and ate granola bar snacks & juice in individual wrappers.
The evening began with Jorden leading the songs for worship, and setting out the Godly Play pieces for The Good Samaritan scripture. Eric read a story book, “The Orange Splot”, all in keeping with the theme “Won’t You Be My Neighbour?” We moved into the craft of building houses with paper, felt, cardboard and glue supplied to each table in a box. There was a creative buzz of excitement and adult encouragement as the houses took shape. Finally, the pizzas were passed in their boxes, with wrapped ice cream pops for dessert. What was going on inside me during all of this much anticipated time together was pure enjoyment to be able to share this space in a different way that makes it safe to worship, play creatively, be inspired and share “fun food” together. At one point during Godly Play, Jorden’s little Briar started to cry. Moana grabbed her stroller; Jorden put Briar into it; and Moana and Mary Yan rolled her to the Sacred Space to sing her into a calmer state. Beautiful community!!