Secret Church Lockdown Intro

By Dan Etheridge

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.

The Author
Dan works part time with Open Doors, mainly sorting out the comms stuff for youth and students. In his other life he's a freelance writer and graphic designer who likes collecting records and sitting on beaches looking at waves.

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