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Serendipity at Dalmeny Community Church

There is a book that Bruce Enns recommended called "Canoeing the Mountains” by Tod Bolsinger, which talks about how church leaders need to more fully embrace adaptability. Though written a few years ago, it seems like it could have been penned at the beginning of March as

we have had to repeatedly adapt to the COVID realities.

Our church in Dalmeny has adapted by having an online presence through recorded sermons and now livestreaming our services. We decided to re-open our doors for Worship services on July 5th. The weeks before that date were filled with planning as we sought to fulfill the guidelines given to us by the government. One part of that planning might have a long-term impact.

After much discussion, we realized that we would be able to get more people into our sanctuary if we went with chairs rather than pews. The attached picture shows how we changed the set up of our sanctuary to ensure that we followed those guidelines.

The unintended COVID opportunity presented itself the first week. I remember the first Sunday, watching a mom sitting on the floor with her three pre-school aged boys, still being able to see the screen and be a part of the service. On the other side of the room, a new baby was laying on the floor at the feet of her mother. We are a relatively young church in age, with lots of young families. In the weeks that have followed, I have watched how families have enjoyed the greater space they were given. Still respecting the social distancing guidelines, but having room without another pew right in front of them. It was fascinating to watch how the space made room for families.

I started to wonder, "Why do we have our seating the way that we do?" Is it just to maximize the number of bums in the seats on a Sunday morning. If so, is that the right goal?

Now, to be fair, our Sunday morning services have been noisier than they were before, and a big reason for this is that children must remain with their parents instead of children's church. But as I'm watching what is happening before me, I am beginning to wonder out loud, "What is the goal of our seating arrangements? Is there something I can learn from the spacing we were forced to account for?"

This COVID time has taught me to be careful in terms of drawing quick conclusions, but I am fascinated by the experiment I see going on in front of me on a weekly basis.

Tony Martens, Pastor Dalmeny Community Church

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