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Going to Church in the Time of Coronavirus

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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.
Going to church in the time of coronavirus

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.
Going to church in the time of coronavirus

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.

2. Vision Christian Fellowship, Fyshwick
Vision Christian Fellowship will livestream their services via Facebook every Sunday at 10am.

3. Mosaic Baptist Church (Hawker, Page, Evatt and Mitchell)
Go here for their online church and podcasts.

4. Southside Bible Church
Livestream their online church on Sundays at 10am here.

5. Crossroads Church (City and northside)
Crossroads church will livestream two Sunday services: at 9.30am and at 6.30pm via Youtube. Gohere to find out more.

6. Alliance Church (Woden Valley)
Alliance Churchwill hold online services on Sundays at 9.30am.

7. Stromlo Christian Church
Stromlo Christian Church will be meeting online via Youtube on Sundays at 9.30am.

8. Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn
You can view masses online here everyday from 6am.

9. St Johns Anglican Church, Reid
Visit here to find out how you can view their online youtube services or study the Scriptures.

10. Lanyon Valley Anglican Church, Gordon.
Go here to listen to church online.

11. St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Forrest.
Online church will be held on Sundays at 9.30am. Go here for more information.

12. St Mary in the Valley Anglican Church, Calwell.
Livestream service via Youtube on Sundays at 9.30am. Go here to find out more.
Going to church in the time of coronavirus

Other useful resources
If you have children, then the Go! Curriculum provides an excellent learning program that's perfect for Sunday homeschooling.

And check out The Bible Society for home bible reading plans and many other resources.

Going to church in the time of coronavirus

"For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."
Jesus, from the Gospel of Matthew 18:20

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Why? Because you can still go to church on Sundays-but this time, from the comfort of your own lounge room!
When: Sundays, online. Please check each church's website for more details.
Cost: Free
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