“O Lord, you are my portion and my cup; it is you who uphold my lot. My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; indeed, I have a goodly heritage.” (Psalm 16.5-6)
At our Vestry Retreat this winter, we began to talk about the dream we have been tossing around since before my arrival. Upon reflection of the demographics and needs in Williamsburg, the dream is that Hickory Neck offer a childcare program, adult daycare program, or a combined ministry of the two. I have been excited about the idea ever since I first heard it articulated.
I had encountered the concept of intergenerational care online (see video here). What I loved about the video was that the intergenerational care reminded me of what happens at church: people from all generations finding comfort, care, and a sense of identity and purpose. In our modern culture, intergenerational relationship is rare. Families live far apart, people tend to be segregated by life stage, and we value self-sufficiency. But what we forget in our modern culture is that our young and our old need each other – they teach each other, they bring each other renewed energy, and they help each other learn. I have always loved that my children have lots of “grandmas and grandpas” at church.
If I had the option of putting my children in childcare that fosters such a rich environment, I would be thrilled. Furthermore, I know that our geographic area could use more accessible childcare and senior daycare. As the pieces came together, God seemed to be inviting Hickory Neck into a new phase of its ministry. This winter, the Vestry agreed that we should start being stewards of this dream the Spirit had given us. So, for the last month, the Vestry has been having conversations in the community. The idea is to learn what services are already offered, whether our sense of the needs matches the actual needs, and what potential partners there may be in our community. We are obviously in the very early stages of this walk, but it is an exciting time!
I hope you will join us this Sunday as we gather for our quarterly Rector’s Forum. We will be talking about this vision, as well as the many other tremendous ministries of Hickory Neck. We indeed are blessed by a goodly heritage at Hickory Neck. I look forward to celebrating the ways that our Portion and our Cup are leading us!