In perhaps the most extraordinary state action in the COVID-19 lockdown, churches were not allowed to hold in-person services. So they took advantage of today’s technology and began streaming services, so that worshippers could participate online via Facebook, YouTube, or the church’s website.
By now, the restrictions are mostly over, and the majority of churches are meeting in person as usual. But many of them are still streaming their services. Before, the online services consisted largely of the pastor addressing a camera, with participants at home following along with their hymnbooks. Now congregations are streaming their in-person services, showing not just the pastor but the rest of the congregation with audio of the music. The online services are thought to be a good means of outreach and a way for shut ins and other members who have to be absent to participate in worship.