During the lockdowns, the young people in our congregation met on zoom with Rev Claire and Lynda most weeks to catch up and keep connected. One of the projects we worked on together was gathering lots of covid memorabilia, taking photos of what was happening locally, drawing and writing about how covid was affecting their lives and their local communities. We encouraged them to talk to grandparents and connect with other older people in the congregation to listen to stories about other challenges and how they coped.Recently, a friend of Mary’s called Kay shared her photos of lockdown with us in the mailout and on the website. These captured perfectly the situation at that time of mask wearing and no visitors where she lives.
Museum in my neighbourhood” is a project being run by the Victorian Government that is asking everyone to send in their stories and photos to create a Victoria wide resource. The website says:Museum in my Neighbourhood is an initiative to collect and exhibit how individuals and neighbourhoods across metropolitan Melbourne are adapting to life with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.As the impacts of this pandemic have changed our daily lives, examples of kindness, resilience and adaptation have emerged. Despite the challenges, new relationships, habits and traditions have been created, often led by local community groups, businesses or innovative individuals.
We’re calling on you to help build a digital snapshot of daily life in our local neighbourhoods. What have recent impacts meant for you and your neighbourhood, and how have you responded?
Follow the link and find out more – and maybe send your contribution to Manningham Uniting too so that we can share it on our website. Let’s not forget what we have lived through – so many stories to share with those who have yet to be born, so many memories to share in years to come.