What should we do about online church after the pandemic ends?

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If the government roadmap goes according to plan in England, churches will be able to fully reopen again from the 21st of June. During the pandemic, most of us have been providing online content for the many people who have been unable to attend our services in person. During that time, we have learnt that… Continue reading What should we do about online church after the pandemic ends?

Twitter Church?

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The big debate over the past 12 months has been about whether our online activities during lockdown counted as church worship services and whether it was possible to do things like share communion online. My position throughout has been that given the specific context we found ourselves in, that yes the online provision  did count… Continue reading Twitter Church?

Zoom or in person? – another faulty question

In a recent article I got us to think a bit more about communion and suggested that the question of “open v closed” communion was the wrong one.  Another question that has come to the forefront during COVID is about what it means to gather as a church. This is of course related to the… Continue reading Zoom or in person? – another faulty question

Why talking about virtual church is unhelpful

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My friend John was in the later stages of Motor neurons disease. Each Sunday he would come to church and each Friday to our home group. He’d had surgery on his throat and so was no longer able to speak. He relied on one of these voice synthesizers made famous by Stephen Hawking. Several of… Continue reading Why talking about virtual church is unhelpful

Food from around the worldwide web

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When facing fear and anxiety – Look for hope is a site set up to help people find hope during the coronavirus pandemic in the Gospel . Here is an article from Andy Weatherly We had hoped – a reflection on the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Are you experiencing dashed hopes at… Continue reading Food from around the worldwide web

Sharing Communion During Coronavirus

Yesterday, we chose to share communion together as a church family.  This wasn’t something we did lightly because we know that the question of whether or not we can continue with communion is something that churches and pastors have been wrestling with.  Whilst I have struggled at times with the at times dismissive language used… Continue reading Sharing Communion During Coronavirus