CHURCH OF CREATIVITY: Virus moves Easter services online
CHURCH attendance will take a technological turn this Easter with services broadcast on YouTube in lieu of people being able to attend in person.
Proserpine Whitsunday Uniting Church has prerecorded Easter services, all ready to go, in an attempt to keep the Easter spirit going, despite the coronavirus health restrictions.
A Passion Sunday service was broadcast on Sunday, and there will be a Maundy Thursday service, a Good Friday service, and an Easter Sunday service, all pre-recorded and posted to YouTube.
Reverend Matt Hogg said he makes the YouTube videos public the evening before, so the Easter Sunday service will go live on Saturday night.
The services are broken up with songs, which everyone can sing along to, with a play list created by Reverend Hogg from music already on YouTube.
"After the Prime Minister announced the closure of all face-to-face services, we thought creatively and I decided the easiest and simplest approach was to prerecord the services and load them to YouTube," Reverend Hogg said.
"It offers ease and convenience for people to watch, and I emailed as many people as I had details for, to let them know that services were still happening, just a bit different to normal."
Reverend Hogg only arrived in the Whitsundays in late February and did one face-to-face service, on March 15, before the restrictions were brought in.
"I started work taking services from March 15 and only did one service face-to-face, and then had to go online due to the restrictions," he said.
"Coronavirus made things a little more interesting and creative - it's been a very busy time - but it's opening up possibilities for us with people who might have disconnected for whatever reason.
"We are actually finding that we are reconnecting with people because they can watch the services at any time - they can tune in when they like - they're ready for viewing when they are.
"We are trying our hardest to maintain community when we are not supposed to meet with more than two people at a time."
More information about the Proserpine Whitsunday Uniting Church can be found here www.proserpineuniting.org.au
Ordinarily, the Proserpine Whitsunday Uniting Church meets at two centres - St James Uniting Church, Proserpine, and St Martins Church, Cannonvale. There are also quarterly services at
Dingo Beach Community Centre, Dingo Beach.
To watch the church services, click here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwLIrKAuEb_oRv7oNRo_a-g/playlists