Governor Baker’s latest directive to close non-essential businesses and organizations brought deep sorrow to members of Sts. James and Andrew, who cherish having our doors open for community members to “Rest. Pray. Be”. Our Mission Committee, in a Monday ZOOM meeting, brainstormed how we might offer a visual sign of hope and cheer on our front lawn to compensate for our newly-locked doors. What we came up with is “Scraps of Hope”. Strips of cloth fastened to lines attached to the signs on our front lawn represent our prayers for our community - for the sick, the frightened, and the caregivers, and all whose efforts in the current pandemic support the greater good. We hope the scraps are a sign of cheer and of hope to all who see them.
We invite other community members as they are out for walks in the neighborhood to say a prayer as they fasten a piece of fabric to our network. Each prayer will join others in a chorus of hope. There is a container of scraps on the steps, or individuals may bring their own.
Our hope is that our display of scraps will help people to remember that they are not alone, and that the scraps may be signs of Christ’s presence in our town and in our lives.