'Churches are not buildings but communities of people' says Bishop Tim as Eastleigh churches prepare to celebrate Mothering Sunday online.
Churches in Eastleigh will be live-streaming their services tomorrow morning on Mothering Sunday following last week’s decision by the Church of England, to suspend acts of Public Worship in order to help counter the spread of Coronavirus
Eastleigh Parish will be livestreaming their service from All Saints on Desborough Road starting at 11 am and while the service is in progress, worshippers can interact by tweeting @EastleighParish, using the hashtag #EastleighParish, or via the parish Facebook page.
The Parish Church of St Thomas in Fair Oak will also be streaming a virtual service from 10 am.
In a special message Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester welcomed the online initiative:
“As we enter the first weekend without “church” as we may have previously known it, we are filled with hope as we hear of the many ways in which Christians are reimagining mission and ministry in these difficult times. Our churches are not buildings but communities of people, and we know that as we meet with God in new ways over the coming weeks, we will be united in worship even while we cannot come together in person.
Many churches will be livestreaming prayers, worship and preaching this Sunday. Each week Christians will also be able to tune into a Sunday service broadcast across all BBC local radio stations at 8am. The first service this Sunday will be led by Archbishop Justin. This radio service will offer those who may find it more difficult to access services online the opportunity to be a part of a worshipping community, from wherever they are able to tune in.”