While our physical church buildings may be closed for worship, the Church is still ‘open’.
The love of God is not in quarantine. Our churches are continuing to spread His love and serve the community as best as possible.
Though there are many challenges as we begin to adapt to a new, temporary way of life, we are sure there will be many stories of hope to come out of our churches during this crisis.
As we move forward in the coming months, please keep us informed about what you are doing and how you are reaching out to others in this time of need. Please contact Together Editor Jessica Smith who is putting together a collection of stories. She would love to hear from you.
In the meantime, we thought we would share some responses we received on our Facebook page last week. We asked people how they spent their first worship service in ‘isolation’. Here are some of the answers. May God continue to bless you all and keep you safe.
Shelley K: Our Sunday service was broadcast via Youtube by Pastor Shaun Manning. The link was emailed to everyone and it was also downloaded onto USBs for those who had access to devices to play it. Others received a printed copy of the sermon delivered to their letterbox or door. Nailed it!!!
Margy S: Our church at Lobethal had a small group share worship with Zoom. Worked well without any extra expense and at short notice. We had a Lenten reflection done the same way tonight.
Cherrol W: We did a ‘church crawl’ – worshipped with Hobart, Hahndorf, Springhead and Strathalbyn. Where will we go next?
Brenton C: My wife and I used the printed service order and sermon that our pastor had distributed. It was a blessed time.
Keith S: We streamed the Sunday service on Sunday with Pastor Lee van Rossen at Whyalla and did the same for a funeral on Monday.
Leanne R: We had a pre recorded message from our pastor with some song suggestions and a few questions to talk about together. Later that afternoon our small group connected on a video call.
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