The widespread popularity of the song titled ‘The Blessing’ is the kind of viral infection we actually did need last year. The sung version of the blessing from Numbers 6: 24-26 is deeply moving, yet somehow uplifting.
Some say that a church can use any building. Some churches do. Hillsong London have met for years in the Dominion Theatre in London’s west end. They had to run several services every Sunday with queues around the block for each one. That was before lockdown at least.
Whilst reflection has always been a key element of faith, looking to the future is just as important, as we begin to identify our new normal.
As Christians, we value the faith restoring tools God provides us with. Today, we share music that may help you feel a little brighter for a time until we can once again, worship together in our churches without constraints.
Isaiah 54 verses 2 to 4 are inspiring. “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch the tent curtains wide, lengthen the chords and strengthen the stakes. … do not be afraid.”
“Well, here we go again” is a phrase you might have heard a lot this week, usually said with an air of woe and a tone of despair. The Prime Minister’s announcement on the 31st of October that a second lockdown would be implemented from Thursday the 5th of November for four weeks is really for our good.
Of course, it’s not Christmas with COVID, it’s Christmas with Jesus Christ. It’s the celebration of his birth, whatever. On the other hand, there is no escaping the fact that it is so different.
For many Christians, like those of us at JBKS Architects, their faith is the rock of stability during this pandemic and the lockdowns, like a building’s foundations. The question is, is it stable enough, or is it shaking?
Whilst many churches across England have opened their doors for prayer, many churches are still live-streaming their services on social media for those self-isolating or high-risk.
St Pauls’ church, Slough is a very large Victorian style 20th century church built in the residential suburbs of the town. It is enormously high and was so hard to heat that in the 1960s a flat roofed interior structure was built to provide a smaller, easier to heat hall, entirely within the west end of the church.