Holy Trinity Church in Long Melford keeps community spirit alive with weekly online services during coronavirus lockdown
The building may be closed, but the church remains open.
That is the guiding principle behind the weekly online services being livestreamed by Holy Trinity Church in Long Melford, which has reported a strong uptake since the services were launched in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown.
Streaming on Facebook every Sunday from 10.30am, the services now have an audience of around 70 households, while people from as far away as the United States and Australia have also tuned in.
Long Melford rector, the Rev Matthew Lawson, said it is part of an effort by the church to keep the community element within its congregation alive.
“For churches, we have had to take action in light of the risks of the virus and, obviously, churches have had to close their doors,” he told the Free Press. “Because it’s such an important part of our worshipping life, I wanted to keep doing the service.
“I like livestreaming, because there’s a sense we’re still in this together. For those who are isolated in particular, we want to give them a sense of community.
“I have been surprised by how many people have taken it up. It has been very well received, and I’ve even had a lot of people ask if, when the lockdown lifts, we can keep livestreaming our services.”
Mr Lawson added that the church is working to keep in regular contact with members of its congregation via telephone, and is even looking into preparing a DVD of the services, for those without access to a reliable internet connection.
Anybody wishing to tune into the livestreams can do so by searching for the ‘Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford’ page on Facebook. All the services are available to view afterwards for those unable to watch live.