The Big Idea
We all need the encouragement and support that comes from knowing that, in spite of everything we’re going through, we are not alone. And as members of the Church we each have a role to play in bringing prayerful encouragement and support to our neighbours. That’s why we’re asking the members and friends of St.Paul’s, Hampton to prayerfully consider joining ‘St.Paul’s House to House’.
The idea is to match households of various sizes and life-stages together who will then regularly check in with one another, let one another know how they are doing, share words of encouragement, and share how they can each be praying for one another.
Some of us are on our own these days, while others are with family members in close quarters, and still others are somewhere in between. One of our hopes is that those of us who, either because of their disposition or present situation, are finding it easier these days to spend time in prayer and thoughtful correspondence would be able to do so for the benefit of those who are finding that harder to do. At the same time, those who are feeling a little more isolated than others can tap into households that may be feeling especially full these days.
Another hope is that, in these days of mass messaging and digital media, our house to house initiative would help people connect in ways that are a little more personal and that emphasize thoughtful reflection and careful listening. In other words, we’d like to encourage people to do things like call one another on the phone and write cards and letters to one another rather than use email or social media. Not only do writing and phoning people constructively challenge us in our approach to communicating, they are, for at least a few of our community members, the only ways they have of communicating right now.
If you feel called to be part of this initiative, please let us know. You can email the parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 832-3375. We’ll ask you if you would like to communicate with the household(s) with whom your are matched by mail or by phone or both, and then we’ll ask for your permission to share mailing address and/or phone number with as many as two other participating households with whom we will then match you up.
Participating households will then be asked to write or call the other households in their group once a week for 7 weeks. Letters and cards do not need to be long and could follow this very simple template.
I /we hope you are well.
The high point for me/us this week was/is …
The low point for me/us this week was/is …
If you would, please pray that …
And let me/us know how I /we can be praying for you.
Phone calls can follow a similar pattern and do not need to be lengthy.
If you feel called to be part of this initiative, please let us know. You can email the parish office at email@example.com, or call us at 832-3375. We’ll ask you if you would like to communicate with the household(s) that your matched with by mail or by phone or both, and then we’ll ask for your permission to share your mailing address and/or phone number with as many as two other participating households with whom you’ll then be matched up.
If you have any questions or concerns about this initiative or suggestions for how to make it effective, please do not hesitate to reach out and let us know.
Thanks for taking the time to think and prayer about this.