Today a story I worked on throughout holy week was published. When I walked into the church on Palm Sunday I was greeted with smiles and introduced to the new pastor, Monica. I instantly felt comfortable and at ease as I started to photograph her prepping for the service.
When a little girl rounded the corner into Monica’s office she jumped up and held the girl up in the air as she giggled. Monica told me that is a weekly tradition for her and the girl, but is worried about the day the girl is too big to hold up!
As the service began I retreated to the balcony and moved around the congregation as quietly as possible as Monica’s uplifting and positive personality filled the sanctuary.
I returned to the church for the Maundy Thursday service, that was a new experience for the congregation. Pastor Monica led them through the evening as they bible says Jesus did, from the last meal, so humming in the church garden and a somber moment in the sanctuary.
After photographing at the church I could tell how Pastor Monica has fit into her new congregation, leading them spiritually and becoming part of their families.