Secret Church: Online Edition

Worship with the world's hidden Christians

How can you be church, when you have no building?
How do you worship, when you have to be silent?
How can you learn from God’s Word, when you can’t get a Bible?
How do you pray with others, when religious meetings are banned?

During the pandemic, we weren’t able to meet in church buildings and it was illegal to gather in large numbers. But, for millions of Christians across the world, that’s what life is like all the time. In many countries, Christians have never entered a physical church building. They have never experienced the buzz of worshipping with hundreds of others, or even sung to God in anything above a whisper.

They are the secret church, yet wherever they meet – they find Jesus. And that’s what we can learn from them: that despite the period of enforced lockdowns and isolation, that we can still be church. As we emerge from Covid-19 restrictions, we can gather again, and be inspired by persecuted Christians to really understand just how vital the church is.

Download our free Secret Church resource to run a group session in-person (or via video chat) and experience how secret Christians gather to worship, pray, share and learn from God’s Word.

Secret Church

Our Secret Church resource explores some of the ways isolated, hidden and secret Christians do church. We’ve taken ideas and approaches from underground church meetings all around the world, and translated them into a simple session outline for you to use with your youth group or small group.

The session involves multiple activities and stories, all of which can work in-person or via video chat service like Zoom or Skype. The session should last around 60 minutes, but each element could be used as a stand-alone activity for a shorter session.

Included are ideas on how to:

  • Worship with a secret North Korean Christians
  • Read the Bible with Eritrean Christians in prison
  • Pray with persecuted and threatened believers in Pakistan
  • Share and encourage one another like the underground church in China
  • And loads more too…

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Secret Church

Nishan's secret

Nishan is from Mogadishu in Somalia. He has a secret he's prepared to risk his life for...

The secret reality

“On our arrival the men approached us one by one and welcomed us with huge smiles and handshakes, often followed by big hugs. We could smell the sweat on them and knew many hadn’t bathed in days…

There was no electricity in the house where we assembled, and blankets covered the windows to prevent unwanted observation. Apart from a little sunlight leaking at the edges of the window coverings, candles provided the only light. For the next few hours we were transported into a world few have experienced…“

Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, attends a Secret Church meeting in Afghanistan

The Problem

Pasha's story

Pasha is a secret Christian in Iran who had an amazing dream where he met Jesus!

We support people who are beaten, tortured,
imprisoned, falsely accused, and hated simply for following Jesus.