Over the pandemic, 45% of people viewed a church service virtually from their home.
Even just a few years ago, the thought of online church as a regular event may have seemed unlikely, but live-streamed services are more popular than ever.
While online church services are convenient, they do make it more difficult to connect with the church community like you can in person. If you’re wondering how to make the most of your online church service, keep reading for our top tips.
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Make the Service a Real Event
Instead of watching the service from the couch in your sweatpants, dress up like you would if you were going to church. This means getting dressed in your church attire plenty of time before the service and sitting in an area where you won’t have interruptions.
These actions will help you focus on the service and get the most out of it.
If you were going to church in person, you would take the time to silence your phone and avoid talking to others while listening to the sermon.
Treat online church services like in-person ones and put your phone away while making sure it’s on mute. Avoid multitasking or engaging in conversations with other people in the household to make sure the service has your full attention.
Use Your Bible
This one seems simple, but it’s a helpful action that makes your online service feel more fulfilling. Instead of relying on an app or website to read Bible verses, use a real Bible to make the experience more engaging.
If you do want to pair your online church service with additional virtual content, this resource answers questions you might have about the Bible.
Participate during the Service
Participating during the online service from your private home may seem silly, but it’s a powerful way to feel connected to others who are also watching virtually.
Sing along when asked, pray aloud, and respond to calls like you would if you were there in the church.
Connect with Others Virtually
A lack of connection is the main difficulty when it comes to watching church services online. However, with a little bit of effort, you can feel just as connected with the congregation on your couch as you would in the pews.
If your church has an online chat option, this is a great way to talk to others during the service. If the online service doesn’t offer any ways to talk to one another during the service, reach out through email or messaging afterward to reflect together on the sermon.
Enjoy an Online Church Service from Your Home
Being able to watch live church services online allows people of all communities and walks of life to worship together. With these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy your online church service to the fullest extent.
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