The Coronavirus pandemic has had a worldwide and far-reaching impact on our society. Church life as we knew it has changed, perhaps forever. Ruth Leigh caught up with two churches to find out how they are coping and what their “new normal” looks like.
Kerith Community Church is multi-site, worshipping in Bracknell, Blackwater Valley, Windsor and West Wight. Their mission statement is very relevant in 2020: “Helping people find their way back to God through communities growing in their love for God and their love for people”.
Before Covid hit, Kerith was gathering momentum, as Leon Johnson, Pastor at Windsor Kerith, remembers. “We were growing in size with more people gathering at our Sunday meetings. We outgrew the building we used for our kids’ work and had to put up a portacabin. When Coronavirus hit, we had to act fast.”
Many churches have struggled getting everything online, but Kerith found it easier than most. “One of the benefits of having a multi-site church is that we’re very well resourced. We’d already put some of our services online for those members who can’t make it to physical church, so we were quite well positioned for the changes.”
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