Jammin’ Pie Fest 2020 — COVID-19
Walk Right In Ministries is actively monitoring the incidence of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in our region. We have been asked how COVID-19 is impacting our ministry and upcoming events such as our annual Jammin’ Pie Fest. We are closely following guidance from local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding large gatherings, including CDC recommendations on preventing the spread of COVID-19. And we’re asking hard questions about the future of Jammin’ Pie Fest.
We know that COVID-19 will still be in the community come October. We just don’t know to what extent. Our foremost concern is the health and safety of the families and individuals that we serve, our volunteers, the ministry team and the WRIM Board of Directors. Because of this, and with tremendous regret, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel Jammin Pie Fest this year.
In the meantime, Walk Right In Ministries continues to offer several virtual options including licensed pastoral counselling, caregiver coaching and various community-building services. For example, we introduced Real Talk Livestream chats for special needs families on Facebook (one or two Friday afternoons each month). And we launched Real Talk Multiply, a new biblically-based discussion group on Zoom every Tuesday afternoon at 2 pm CDT. Lisa has also written several articles including some related to coping during the pandemic. These can be found at the WRIM blog and Key Ministry blog. We will continue looking at new ways to support our community and this includes the ways we are offering virtual event experiences.
We understand that this decision will be very disappointing to many and may seem to reflect extreme concern. After all, the event is still several months away. We want to assure you that our hopes remain high about the future of such gatherings and about the progress being made toward “flattening the curve.” Nonetheless, we face some specific challenges that impact this decision:
- Jammin’ Pie Fest serves a large group of guests and that includes a high percentage of people who could be more vulnerable if infected by the novel coronavirus.
- Present circumstances are significantly impacting business for our corporate sponsors and other donors. We do not feel it is an appropriate time to seek the kind of partnerships and donations that make this event possible.
We expect to be back together with you in the fall of 2021, stronger and more appreciative than ever.
Will you join us in asking God to use this experience of social distancing for great good? We believe that He is already working to impact public awareness about the kind of isolation that many families impacted by disability and mental health challenges commonly face. We are trusting God to use this season to grow compassion and creativity in how people do life together — especially as the church. We are believing that the world may emerge from this season with deeper appreciation for the value of community and with improved attitudes and tools for engaging together in ways that foster belonging.
We are praying for you too! All of our Jammin’ Pie Fest friends — past, present and future — are precious to us. We hope you are well and ask that you reach out to us if there is any way we can be of help to you or someone you care about.
If you know anyone who may benefit from WRIM services or has need to connect with faith-based resources specifically for special needs families, please visit our website for information and write us at email@example.com.
Grateful to walk in faith with you,
Your Walk Right In Ministries Team
Watch for updates about the next Jammin’ Pie Fest!
Walk Right In Ministries celebrates and fosters communities of belonging for people of all abilities.
Friendships and community are so important when you are part of a special-needs family. Yet isolation is a common dilemma. Daily cares keep caregivers at home, problematic behaviors limit participation in church, social connections can become strained and participating in public events can present challenges. Walk Right In Ministries hosts the annual Jammin’ Pie Fest for just these reasons and more.
- Create a comfortable, encouraging and accessible space wherepeople from diverse life experiences can enjoy being part of thelarger community
- Reduce and prevent the sense of isolation people experience when facing life challenges
- Foster relationships and communities where the compassion and truth of Jesus is easily accessible to those who seek it
- Refresh spirits, increase hope and improve coping skills so peoplestruggle less and thrive more