People from across New Zealand and as far afield as Scotland and Portugal have been tuning in to Knox Church’s online services during the Covid-19 crisis.
Knox Church minister Reverend Dr Kerry Enright said the decision was made early on in Alert Level 4 lockdown to pre-record services and broadcast them on YouTube, and the results had been positive.
“Normally our congregation on a Sunday is about 100 people, and we have been getting two or three times that number taking part in the online services,” Dr Enright said.
The move had enabled people in the Presbyterian church community to lead aspects of worship from their homes, including presenting readings, leading hymns, children’s sessions, choral music, and more.
It had also made it possible for people with disabilities, and people who may not feel comfortable attending a church, to join in the worship.
“We have broken out of our four walls and into a new way of communicating with people,” Dr Enright said.
Under the Alert Level 2 restrictions, which limited church gatherings to 10 people, the doors of Knox Church would remain closed for regular services.
The situation would be reviewed if the need to hold a funeral arose.
“We don’t want to put our people into a situation where they have to choose between their personal health and their desire to rejoin the gathered congregation.
“We are encouraging our people to use this as a time of spiritual reflection – to reflect on our own lives and who God is for us.”