|New Vision Notes Wed June 24 2020
For updates on New Vision plans in the Covid-19 emergency recovery, please visit http://newvisionunited.org/new-vision-covid-19-updates/
We are looking for donated electronic devices that can be used by participants in a New Vision setting in which a limited number of people gather at 24 Main W for virtual worship on Sundays. We imagine people without access to devices and/or the internet coming to 24 Main W on Sundays for 10:30 am and being given a device that allows them to get onto the internet and into our Zoom virtual worship gathering using our church wifi signal. They will safely social distance and screened as they come in for Covid-19 symptoms. Older mobile phones or laptops with wifi connectivity are what we are looking for. If you have any used ones around that you are not using suitable for this purpose and are willing either to donate or lend to New Vision, please contact George MacCuish at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning on Sunday July 19, Zoom will require us either to have attached a password (“passcode” in their language) to the internet link you use to get into our virtual worship gathering, or have you placed in a waiting room when you use a link that does not have a passcode. We then admit you from there into the virtual gathering “room.” Our plan is to use the waiting room feature rather than issue passcodes, and to treat the waiting room as a place in which someone welcomes you to the gathering.
The Hamilton Spectator published a letter today I sent to the editors in response to the Hamilton Police Association’s June 19 letter on defunding police. You can read my letter here: https://www.thespec.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editors/2020/07/02/july-2-spec-readers-weigh-in-on-defunding-police-we-want-our-michaels-back-and-other-letters-to-the-editor.html
This Sunday we will be celebrating communion. We will be making use of the break-out room feature for us to share the bread and the wine as small groups. Each of us will be able to serve each other and name each other as we do so. Eg, Tom says, “Sally, the body of Christ, broken for you,” and Frank then partakes of the beverage he has brought to the worship gathering.
New Vision will be gathering for worship on Sundays on Zoom throughout the summer. We will keep in place our phone network to keep in touch with those who are not able to join us on the internet. We will have the schedule for you next week of worship leaders for the Sundays I am on vacation and study leave later in the summer.
The weekly Wednesday at 4 pm Covid-19 lectio divina virtual prayer group will meet throughout July. Contact me at email@example.com for more information.Our Thursday Outreach Program remains on hold.
Home baking individually wrapped is being highly appreciated by the guests at the Resting and Hygiene Centre! Keep it coming!
The next concert in the Music Hall Do Well by Hamilton Live Stream Concert Series takes place Thursday July 9 at 8 pm. The artist is country blues singer/songwriter Jeremie Albino. For more on Jeremie, follow this link http://jeremiealbino.com/.
New Vision Virtual Worship is experiential, participatory, image-rich and collective, just like worship in person at New Vision! Join us on Sunday mornings 10:30 am week to week during the Covid-19 emergency by clicking here. If you want to put the link someplace easy to find each week, here it is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/782292511. Please share it with others and invite them to a “different” kind of time on Zoom from the usual.Y
ou can also call in to the gathering on the telephone toll free. Call 1 855 703 8985, then, when prompted, input the Meeting ID 782 292 511 followed by the # sign. Ignore the prompts for Participant ID and Password. You are in when the recorded voice says, “You are in the meeting.”
Hope to see you on Sunday ~ again, or for the first time.