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Article | June 23, 2022

Seniors with Grace: Moving Forward Embracing Both In-Person and Online Connections 

Blog|Tracee Zyla

Summer is peeking its hopeful head around the corner as we head into Grace Cathedral’s upcoming Seniors with Grace community event offerings. On behalf of Grace Cathedral’s Senior Ministry, the Rev. Mary Carter Greene, the Rev. Margaret Deeths, and I, Program Coordinator, wish to express our utmost gratitude for our senior community.  

For the first time since March of 2022, Seniors with Grace met in person instead of virtually in the Chapter House Dining Room to enjoy Senior Community Day: Brunch, Program, and Eucharist (In-Person). We reunited with many dear friends and welcomed new ones first on May 18 and again this last Wednesday, June 15.  

As our cathedral continues to safely reopen, Senior Ministry remains focused on community health, both physically and socially. Therefore, we are offering a hybrid Senior Community Day series in which we will continue to embrace both online and in-person gatherings moving forward. For the health and safety of our senior community, we continue to require vaccination to attend our in-person events in addition to requiring wearing masks during the noon Eucharist service. Masks are allowed to be removed when eating. 

Since not all our senior friends can attend our in-person Senior Community Day, we will also continue to meet online as we all learned how to do over these last two years. Whether it be due to distance (virtual meetups allow us to embrace friends geographically both near and far), a vaccine sensitivity or health issue, or just a preferred comfort level of meeting online, we are grateful for the connectivity experience of Zoom.  

Seniors with Grace will gather in-person on the 3rd Wednesday of each month (pre-registration required so that we know how much food to prepare) while also continuing our virtual gatherings on Zoom (online and accessible by phone) on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. 

Understandably, it can get confusing remembering which event is which in this new world of face-to-face and online meetups! Therefore, to help distinguish between in-person and online Senior Community Day events, we have given each a distinct title. 

Senior Community Day: Brunch, Program, and Eucharist: (In-Person) meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in the Chapter House Dining Room at Grace Cathedral starting at 10 am and concluding by 1 pm. 

Senior Tuesday Zoom: Online meets virtually on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 11:30 am to 1 pm. This online community gathering is accessible to those in our community at all levels of technology: internet access; cell phone; and land line (toll free). 

We look forward to embracing our seniors at whichever of our community days suits their needs. Each person brings their unique self and contributes to our community’s mission to connect with one another in this journey of life. We feel excited to continue experiencing community, faith, and one another moving in new ways both in-person and online during The Year of Connection. We hope to see you soon! 

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