Lights, cameras and Zoom preaching: How I kept my church connected during a year of COVID

Debra W. Haffner

It’s been more than a year since I’ve seen my congregants in person. More than a year since we held our last in-person church service, since I’ve visited a congregant in the hospital, held a dying congregant’s hand, or cried with a new widow. It’s been more than a year since my church, and tens of thousands of others, had to learn almost overnight to create worship on Zoom, Facebook and YouTube.

Although some religious leaders have gotten headlines by denying the COVID virus and continuing to hold services and rallies, many of us spent the past year doing everything we could to keep our people connected and safe. We proclaimed early in the pandemic that while the building is closed, church is still open, and that while our faith may be worth dying for, in-person church services are not. 

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