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Published March 27th 2020
Online church from the comfort of your lounge room
For religious believers/followers such as Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists, gathering regularly together as a community in worship has always been part of what you do.
But with the Coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe at an alarming rate and with many countries and cities now in some form of lockdown, places of worship such as churches, mosques, synagogues and temples have also shut their doors.
Here in Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that from midday, March 23, 2020, religious gatherings and places of worship (amongst other venues and facilities) were to be closed to help stop the spread of the virus.
Churches are one of the venues that have now closed. For many Christians, that's a disappointing and distressing thing, because the church is not only a place of worship but it's also a place of community, fellowship and connection. Church has always been about Christians gathering together in communion and fellowship to worship God. So how can you now do that when the church's doors have closed and may not open again for a very long time?
The good news is, you can still attend church. But in the comfort of your own homes, because many churches have gone online to deliver and livestream their services. Many churches have already been delivering online resources to their communities pre-Coronavirus. These churches are now just livestreaming their usual Sunday services.
Of course, attending church in your lounge room isn't the same as attending it at the usual, much larger venue whether it's a cathedral or church building or school hall. But remember, the early Christians of long ago first met in each other's homes to worship and pray. Likewise today, bible study groups or connect groups take place regularly in homes, where small groups of church-goers come together in someone's home each week or fortnight for study, prayer and social connection.
With Coronavirus forcing entire countries into lockdown, we are entering a whole new world of living and being. And churches (just like schools and workplaces) need to adapt to the changes. Here in Canberra, many churches are now offering 'online churches' or livestreaming their services via their websites or Youtube.
Below is a selection of churches in Canberra that have gone online. If you don't already belong to a church and you are Christian or perhaps you're keen to explore the Christian faith more, then why not come along to one of these online churches this Sunday?
1. Good Shepherd Anglican Church, Curtin.
Go here for their livestream service, held on Sundays at 9.30am via Youtube.