What a summer it’s been at Patchwork!
Sure, it’s been much quieter than usual. We spent part of it staying at home along with the rest of the nation. We’ve been physically distanced. We’ve kept our faces covered.
But, we’ve also found new ways of being together!
Our Arts & Smarts Children’s Program staff scrapped all their plans for the summer and focused on what makes Patchwork most Patchwork. We invited Susan to tell us stories, we invited Jean to teach us art, and we invited the Southwestern Indiana Master Gardeners to teach us about gardening. We invited individual families to participate in each lesson, and we created a digital classroom where we could share these lessons with more families.
Our food pantry re-started early on. Now it has been joined by Shade Tree Hospitality and the Sozo Health Ministry. And just a couple weeks ago, we held a modified version of our annual Back to School Sale. It was a beautiful day and we had a fantastic group of volunteers to help us out. Over 150 school kits went home to help prepare kids for whatever may come this school year.
Bringing groups of people together indoors is now a risky undertaking, so we’re meeting with everyone on Patchwork’s front lawn. It is a green and inviting place to reconnect with everyone.
Meanwhile, Patchwork’s Worship Community has found a safe place to gather through virtual worship services on Facebook Live. It’s been an opportunity for new people to join us for the services and for everyone to enjoy the beauty of our artfully baked communion bread.
So, where did we start? Where did we end up?
You can revisit the journey with this video recap of the Summer of 2020!