Churches streaming Sunday service amid coronavirus pandemic

Public places are shutting down one by one as corona-virus fears arise, this includes more than a dozen churches in Greater Lafayette.

Posted: Mar 13, 2020 6:30 PM
Updated: Mar 14, 2020 7:14 PM

GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Public places are shutting down one by one as coronavirus fears arise, this includes more than a dozen churches in Greater Lafayette.

For an undetermined number of weeks, many church leaders have decided to stream their services online.

“It's an unprecedented time in the life of the church in our community,” said Pastor Dave Fladung, Northview Church Greater Lafayette Campus.

Northview Church joins a growing list of churches choosing to hold service online. Pastor Fladung said it's what's best for his congregation amid a highly contagious corona-virus.

“We want to do our part to try to help slow the spread,” said Fladung. “We want to do whatever we can as a church to help our community and sometimes that means changing the way we meet.”

Northview will broadcast its service through its main campus in Indianapolis. This streaming service has been a feature for its church go-ers for more than five years.

“What we want to try to do is leverage the technology that we have to be the best possible resource that we can, so we don't want to give up on meeting together,” said Fladung. “It's just going to look a little different.”

First Christian Church in Lafayette is turning to online streaming for the first time ever on Sunday.

“It's going to be odd because when you preach you expect people to give you an amen or a laugh and there's going to be none of that so that's the part as a pastor that I'm-It's going to be different,” said Reverend Andrew Guthrie, First Christian Church.

While distance is best for slowing the spread of COVID-19, in ways the disease is bringing unity among people.

“It has been kind of eye-opening to think, it's not about me it's about all of us and it's about the ways in which our community can come together and really get behind one another and so it's been really good to see that that's what's happening,” said Rev. Guthrie.

Northview Church is streaming Sunday service on Facebook and on its website. First Christian Church is streaming here.

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