How online gatherings have impacted the Church Community

Before Covid-19 people of faith would attend their place of worship and prayer in large numbers on a weekly basis.

With groups of 50 or more still prohibited in the province of British Columbia many groups have had to come up with new ways to engage with their community.

Ryan Dezwaan is an Associate Pastor for a Church in Kelowna called “The House” and said.

“It has caused everyone to be more intentional to make Church happen to “go” to Church, and it has caused to be more intentional with how we frame our camera shots, how we set up our sets, and what we say. Because the service online is the only piece of communication that we have during the service.”

Ryan Dezwaan, Associate Pastor

“The necessity of online Church has made everyone need to be more intentional.”

“It has caused everyone to be more intentional to make Church happen to “go” to Church, and it has caused to be more intentional with how we frame our camera shots, how we set up our sets, and what we say. Because the service online is the only piece of communication that we have during the service.”

While streaming on Sundays was apart of most Churches, numbers were usually quite low compared to people attending.

One Church in Victoria reported going from 200-300 viewers a week before covid to over 9000 during this past Easter weekend service.

Church media teams are fare being engaged with creative instagram live stories and interactive facebook posts one area of the Church that has been hit hardest is the volunteer teams that help keep everything running smoothly each Sunday.

Aiden Wilson was a prominent volunteer lead for Village Church in Surrey.

“Really those teams that you get to be apart of become very family like and become a great place of support and encouragement and in those down times or in times when you’re serving together there is just a-lot of community being built.

A Village Church volunteer

With the government stating that a vaccine is necessary for Church’s to gather again in large numbers, many followers of faith will have to get used to seeing their Sundays online.