New ‘cathedral’ of digital worshippers emerges from online broadcasts

Posted Jan 7, 2022

[Church of England] Members of a new “cathedral” of online worshippers formed since the first lockdown are to play a key role in the Church of England’s 100th national online service to be broadcast this weekend.

Prayers will be read by people who joined a regular digital worshipping community that grew through YouTube and Facebook broadcasts of national online services.

The first national online service was broadcast from the crypt chapel at Lambeth Palace on Mothering Sunday 2020 as the nation went into lockdown. Since then a service has been broadcast every Sunday – with additional services broadcast over Easter, Advent and Christmas.

The broadcast on Sunday, marking the milestone of the 100th service, will led by the vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Rev. Sam Wells, with a sermon from the Rev. Isabelle Hamley, who oversees the Church of England’s national online services.

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