Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Two Baptist congregations in the area shared the will to continue Sunday services during the pandemic, and together, they’ve found a way.

Timmins Community Church and Northern Lights Baptist from Iroquois Falls have met the past couple of Sundays at the outdoor rink in Porquis, under the dome.

Pastor Darryl Hartwig says there’s plenty of room on the rink surface not only for distancing, but for family bubbles.  And the feedback from his congregants has been all positive.

“As long as it doesn’t get too cool,” he says, “we will try to go right to the latter part of September.”

Pastor Darryl Hartwig leads worship at the skating rink in Porquis.
(Darcy Cybolsky, The Enterprise)

Hartwig says it’s ideal for physical distancing and family bubbles.

“We’re also concerned about elderly people who may have compromised immune systems, and they’ve even felt safe there, too,” he adds.

The service begins at 10:30am. Pastor Hartwig says about 65 people have turned out the past couple Sundays.  That’s good, considering how small both congregations are on their own.