I’m thankful that a week ago I was able to walk into a local clinic in my community and receive my first of two COVID-19 vaccination shots. Except for a slightly sore arm afterwards, I felt great.
The vaccines (now three different ones) are being distributed at a steady rate. There are even predictions by some officials that mid-Summer may be a time when things begin to get “back to normal.” I’m optimistic.
Because of a growing herd immunity, and with many seniors now inoculated and feeling better about regathering with family, friends, and Bible study groups, we’re beginning to see an uptick in group attendance. Lifeway Research recently published new findings about the expectations of pastors related to COVID and the regathering of their church’s Bible study groups, and the findings are encouraging. It looks like Summer is going to be a time of growing regathering, and I am pleased to say that Fall may see Bible study groups back together again, if they are not already! As people come back to Bible study groups, the men and women who lead those groups are going to have a unique balancing act to perform.