We have been exiled, banished from the streets and sent into hiding. Everyday things, like toilet roll, are now rarities and meeting for coffee, is forbidden. We’re not even allowed to go to Church!
And yet Church continues in phone calls, video meetings and YouTube vlogs. The established structures we have been reluctant to change have been forcibly altered and in some ways we are better for it.
The mantra ‘Church is the people’ is now the parable in which we live. The building, the new carpet, the favourite seat and pew are gone. The packaging has been removed and we are left with a gift we don’t yet appreciate.
The question is not, what do we do now, but what will we do when we return? What will this exiled pilgrimage teach us about our priorities?