My Sunday morning worship service began in my living room when I logged onto my laptop for a Zoom call.
How about you?
The Daily Yonder would like to gather stories on how rural communities and small towns around the country managed worship activities this weekend. Did the coronavirus change or eliminate your normal patterns of religious activity?
Some houses of worship canceled services. Others met but altered routines and rituals. Some, like mine, tried technological alternatives like streaming video and a webinar. For some, that choice wasn’t an option because of limitations on equipment and broadband access.
If you have something to share, we’d love to hear from you. You can email me, firstname.lastname@example.org, post a comment below, or post a comment on our Facebook page.
We hope to publish a number of responses in one article, so if you can make them brief, all the better.
Here’s my story:
Our church canceled the regular service Friday and quickly put together an online service. It went better than I expected. My wife, Liz, and I provided special music, singing for a computer screen and trying to imagine our church friends out there somewhere. It was a bit strange, but it helped us feel connected at a time when that’s exactly what we needed. After the service ended and we had signed off, I realized another advantage of online worship: No one could see that I had left my barn door open that morning. Oops.
So what’s your story?
Also, if there’s other news you’d like to share about how COVID-19 is affecting your community, we are eager to listen.
When we are under the stress of uncertainty and change, it’s more important than ever that we share our stories. We’d like to hear yours.
Tim Marema, Editor