First of all, we have traditionally argued strongly that the “church” (Matthew 16:18; 18:17; etc.) is nothing to do with buildings, structures and hierarchies. It is about the individuals who make up the body. Some modern translations appreciate this in Acts 2:47 where instead of “added to the church” (KJV) they say “added to their number” (ESV) or something similar.
Now is the time for us to show we are still a community of believers, the body of Christ, even if we are all separated and prevented from having fellowship face-to-face.
Throughout the months from March onwards, we managed to have virtual meetings. We even noticed that at those virtual gatherings we were with much more people than the “in real life” church meetings.
We also applaud the response of ecclesiae up and down the land. It is a blessing that even when isolation has been forced on us that we can virtually gather at a time when technology can keep many of us linked together. Many ecclesiae are streaming their services using IT to the full, which is proving beneficial for many brothers and sisters. Sometimes this is being done from homes, but UK and Belgian Government regulations say the live streaming of services from places of worship is permissible without an audience.
- There are some in our number (mainly elderly) who are not online, and ecclesiae are being thoughtful about how fellowship and support can be provided to them (simple conference calls and group chats over the phone are easily arranged and can keep these members connected).
- If your ecclesia is willing to broaden the reach of its broadcast so that brothers and sisters of other ecclesiae can connect in, please advise Brother Joe Walker with brief details of how to connect.