Churches thrive on fellowship. It’s one of the things that we do best. Every week we meet; in youth groups, small groups, coffee breaks, children’s programs, and more.
So what happens when churches need to close their doors? How can we find ways to truly be the Church when in-person gatherings are out of the question? Churches are finding ways to get creative by finding ways to fellowship online.
Countless churches are encouraging small groups to continue to meet online. This is creating an opportunity for people to continue in their weekly routine of fellowship, while continuing to protect the people we love.
Mississauga Vietnamese church made a post on social media encouraging their congregation to gather together (via phone, zoom, Facetime…) to pray from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 19th. They offered a prayer guide for people to follow along with.
Though many churches livestream their events already, others have never shared their services online. Closures have increased the need and pushed churches to learn how to livestream, and to learn quickly. This is creating an opportunity for churches to learn a valuable skill that many will continue to do when doors reopen.
Newmarket Alliance Church has started a series of daily videos that they are releasing on social media at 7 a.m. every morning. Their videos include an update of what is going on in the church and globally, as well as an encouragement to the viewer. This is a great way to keep the church updated on what is going on.
Gateway Alliance Church is creating a midweek Bible study focusing on dealing with issues that directly apply to the current situation. They recognize that people are experiencing many different difficulties during this time, and their Bible study is an opportunity to directly address the church’s need.
As churches have been forced to quickly adapt to unknowns, it is encouraging to see how we are addressing the needs of their people. Through online gatherings, resources, and education, people can continue in fellowship.