VMC Stories

Responding to Tragedy in Nova Scotia

By Vision, May 28, 2020

Over the past six weeks, churches have been seeking meaningful ways to be the people of God under the new Covid normal.  By the beginning of April, most VMC churches had moved their Sunday gatherings online and mid-week ministry was added in the weeks that followed.

Leaders are thankful that technology is enabling congregations to stay connected but also admit that Zoom or Youtube church isn’t ideal.  Perhaps where churches are most challenged is in the area of local mission.  How can we embody the good news in the era of social distancing and self-isolation?

In a conversation last week with Ross MacDonald, I was reminded that communities of faith will always be positioned to minister the love and hope of Jesus in dire situations.  Ross serves as lead pastor at Grace Chapel, in Halifax—a community that has been rocked by unfathomable tragedy.

Ross writes,

This past week has been a very difficult one for the people of Nova Scotia. The tragic mass shooting that took place has impacted all of us to some degree. The Covid-19 crisis has obstructed our grieving.

On Monday, Ronnie and Sarah contacted me. They started coming to Grace Chapel this past November after they attended the funeral for their friend Kelly who had Down syndrome. They knew the RCMP Constable Heidi Stevenson who was murdered this past weekend. They knew this police officer through their own competition in the “Special Olympics”. They were very saddened by this tragedy. They wanted to do something, they wanted to pray.

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis we have been meeting for “Wednesday Online Worship”. This past week we repurposed this worship gathering as a service of memorial. Ronnie & Sarah’s leading us in a recorded prayer was one of the highlights of the service

Remember to pray for those most devastated by this horrific event.

Ronnie & Sarah’s Prayer –  https://www.dropbox.com/s/ywrjt1ygfa5cqkm/Ronnie%20%26%20Sarah%20Pray.mp4?dl=0