Stories

Find Community Despite Isolation

04.22.20 | Covid-19, Be The Church | by Sarah McCullen

We miss hugs and handshakes on Sunday mornings, but online ministry is allowing fellowship to flourish in other ways. Over 1,500 people are meeting weekly through online small groups, and in Oxford, several men are staying connected through a Thursday morning group. They knew each other before the COVID-19 pandemic, but now the group is allowing both their friendship and faith to grow in a unique way.

“These men typically serve on our Guest Services team and had never been able to truly have a real conversation with each other since they focus on our guests each Sunday,” said Jonathan Palmer, Pinelake Oxford’s groups pastor who leads their time together. “Our conversation and prayer time is so meaningful, it has a level of depth that most groups take months and years to get to.”

Michael Dawkins attended the group the first week, and while he misses greeting people as they walk in to worship on Sundays, he’s thankful for the chance to spend time with people who are willing to walk alongside him.

“It’s been so nice to see familiar faces,” said Michael. “It’s been good to talk with the other guys and hear that they have the same worries and fears as I do, but we can encourage each other too. It’s comforting to know you’re not alone, even if it doesn’t change your circumstances.”

Isolation does not have to keep you from community. No matter where you are, you can connect through one of our online small groups and be encouraged like Michael. Join a group or find more information at https://pinelake.org/groups/.