Members of Grange URC, Bebington, Wirral, finally physically met as church on Sunday 4 October – with a phone in for those still at home.
Member and choir leader Martin Morris said, ‘It was good to be back home at Grange. A little strange with less than a third of the congregation there but nevertheless able to physically meet again to worship.’
Martin arranged it so that those at home could dial into the church service and join together on a telephone conference call. ‘It works well and was the best way to ensure that all of our congregation could join in worship as not everyone has access to the internet. It was not possible to play hymns over the conference call so those in church listened to our new choir hymn - And Can It Be - and I opened the call straight after. Our church secretary Richard Roberts then led our worship and Communion. Following that we opened the call to anyone who had something to share. We think of that as our virtual cup of coffee and a biscuit at the back of church. Something we used to do in the days of ’normality’ and a chance for a virtual natter.’
Richard Roberts led worship saying, ‘It is good to have Grange open for worship again. However, let us remember that this is a continuation of the worship we have all had since March. We praise God that technology allows us to meet in person or over the phone.’
Communion was different too - people brought their own bread and wine (or substitute).
Martin concluded, ‘Everyone there said they were so glad to be able to physically worship in church again. Whilst not quite the same, there was a feeling of togetherness.’
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