We have all experienced separation and disconnectedness to some degree over the past year and half. Some people naturally jumped back into friendships and activities, but for others it has been more of a challenge. Today, I would like to share seven practical ways in which we can rebuild community after COVID.

God did not intend for us to do life alone. In the beginning, He saw that Adam was the only man and said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him” (Genesis 2:18). The Creator emphasized the importance of fellowshipping with others. “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25).

Here are seven tips to start rebuilding community in this new season.

A simple text or phone call can go a long way. Is there anyone who you stopped doing life with during COVID? Reach out to them. You never know what people were going through in the pandemic. Everyone had different comfort levels and health precautions. Instead of allowing differences to forever divide you, be the initiator. Show your friend that you are still there and would love to meet up. Then, make actual plans to see one another.

If we are so self-focused on what happened to us during 2020, we miss out on showing compassion towards others. Whether it is your neighbor, friend, co-worker, or someone else, try not to ignore the fact that we all went through a traumatic time. Ask what other people’s experiences were like, how they dealt with the isolation, and if they learned of anything good that came out of the hardship. Gaining understanding provides a deeper level of trust.