Online Worship: What You Need to Know
Every single Sunday, College Hill Presbyterian Church streams its worship online using Zoom.
Zoom is a teleconferencing platform that allows participants to use a web browser or an app to join a virtual meeting by just clicking on a link or making a telephone call to join the gathering.
Please use the following instructions to connect on Sundays:
If you need help with equipment or getting connected, call the Church Office (610-253-4792) or email email@example.com.
And, if you miss a service -- never fear! The videos are available on our Facebook page.
How We Are Responding
With apologies to Mr. Charles Dickens, the beginning of this third pandemic year feels like the best of times and the worst of times.
It feels like the worst of times because so many of us are so very tired of locking down, masking up and attending church in our pajamas. As I write this update, the Omicron variant is spreading like wildfire, driving up case counts, closing schools (again!) and causing all of us to wonder when all of this will end.
And yet January 2022 is, in some ways, the best time of this pandemic. Why would I say that? A couple of reasons.
First, thanks to careful planning and critical investments, we are better equipped to cope with Covid than we have ever been. Our new sanctuary technology allows for high-quality online worship; our extensive video archive of musical performances makes it possible to deliver an excellent worship experience even when we cannot be together in the sanctuary.
Second, I have seen, first hand, the way that Covid calls forth creativity in the people of this church. Immediately after we had to cancel in person worship on December 19, Lauren Joujan and Emily Swank reached out to me with a plan to do outdoor worship on Christmas Eve, And, as many of you know, it turned out to be a thing of beauty and grace. I think that kind of inventive response to the crisis is nothing less than a gift of God’s Spirit. And I am so grateful.
Our plan, for now, is to return to in-person worship on Sunday, January 9. But you will notice a couple of key differences: We will tighten up our masking requirements. And we will refrain from congregational or choral singing. If you are in any way immunocompromised, or if you want to minimize your own risk, please consider worshipping with us online.
I do not want to keep coping with Covid. But I am deeply impressed by the creativity and resilience displayed by this congregation. And I believe that, in some ways, we will come out the other side of this a stronger church, with a clear sense of where God is leading us.
Thank you for being part of the journey!
Grace and Peace,