Local church transitions to online church services
POSTED : 22 Apr 2020
As the world faces the enforced realities of social distancing and restrictions on numbers for congregating, the South Caribbean Conference Media Department has been in full engagement mode to keep members connected in worship. These restrictions, brought on by the COVID-19 Pandemic have affected what many have long accepted as normal Sabbath routine: congregational praise in song, small group discussions (lesson study), and a sermon delivered from a pulpit to a seated and, in some cases, packed congregation.
With the ordered closure of all churches by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, the Church for the first week conducted online service from the Conference Office, featuring segments from various Administrators, Conference Office Staff and Members. This was carried live on the various Conference platforms: SCC YouTube channel, SCC Facebook and SCC website.
As all non-essential services were forced to close, the Conference Office live streaming service was no longer possible and, the Church took the decision to use the Zoom Online meeting platform. The move from regularly held church service to church services online, had its teething issues upon rollout, but we thank God for the progress that has been made.
The Communication Department has collated a list of churches offering online services, and has provided tips and guidelines for churches and other Conference entities delivering online services. The Department has also made available a compilation of video playlists on its YouTube channel. We encourage members and friends to daily seek strength from God through Prayer, Bible Study and the range of services, sermons and programmes that are available on our Website.