Pandemic ‘transforms the Church into Netflix’

Jun 2, 2020 by

by Peter Crumpler, Christian Today: The Covid-19 pandemic has “propelled the Church into the contemporary world,” says a new report from CPAS, an Anglican evangelical mission agency working with UK and Irish churches. ‘Everyone Welcome Online’ looks at the lockdown’s impact on churches and concludes, “Last month we were the Odeon, today we are Netflix. “In the 1950s, the Odeon was okay, but then along came consumer choice, individualism and crowded...

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Church leaders threaten legal action over closure

Jun 1, 2020 by

from The Conservative Woman: A GROUP of 25 Christian leaders have written to the government asking for an urgent review of the lockdown measures that ban churches from opening. They warn that this ban is unlawful and threaten to seek a judicial review into the decision to keep doors locked. A report in Friday’s Telegraph points out that France’s Supreme Court has ruled that the French government’s absolute ban on religious gatherings in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus was unlawful,...

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The way is shut: evangelical silence and the illusion of virtual Church

May 31, 2020 by

from Christian Concern: The Rev. Dr Joe Boot, Wilberforce Academy Director and Christian Concern’s Head of Public Theology, comments on how ‘virtual church’ in lockdown can never replace physical fellowship. If a recent Evangelical Alliance (EA) article by Danny Webster entitled, ‘The Media Have it Wrong. Churches are not rushing to reopen their Doors,’ first published by Premier Christianity, is a true reflection of evangelical opinion in the UK, then the Covid-19 related social crisis has...

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Christian leaders in joint call for churches to be allowed to re-open

May 31, 2020 by

from Christian Today: Christian leaders from different denominations have issued a joint call to the Government to review continued church closures over Covid-19. In their letter, they ask the Government to urgently review lockdown measures preventing churches from re-opening to the public, calling them both unneccessary and unlawful. While the Government has moved to allow smaller social gatherings and the re-opening of non-essential shops, churches must wait until 4 July at the earliest. The...

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Religious leaders speak out over Government’s ‘unlawful’ closure of churches

May 30, 2020 by

by Gabriella Swerling, Telegraph: A letter warns that the state closure of churches is ‘unlawful and unnecessary’ as well as ‘an extreme interference’ with human rights. The closure of churches is “unlawful”, a coalition of Christian bishops and religious leaders have warned, as they threaten a judicial review into the decision to keep doors locked. Last week France’s Supreme Court ruled that the French government’s absolute ban on religious gatherings in a bid to curb...

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The way is shut: evangelical silence and the illusion of virtual Church

May 30, 2020 by

from Christian Concern: The Rev. Dr Joe Boot, Wilberforce Academy Director and Christian Concern’s Head of Public Theology, comments on how ‘virtual church’ in lockdown can never replace physical fellowship. If a recent Evangelical Alliance (EA) article by Danny Webster entitled, ‘The Media Have it Wrong. Churches are not rushing to reopen their Doors,’ first published by Premier Christianity, is a true reflection of evangelical opinion in the UK, then the Covid-19 related social crisis has...

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