Some churches are well advanced in their use of digital technology – not so St Mary’s.
One limitation is that the church does not yet have Wifi. Getting it has been explored a number of times in the past but it seems our building is a bit of a challenge when it comes to installing it.
And lengthy streaming without Wifi is a prohibitively expensive business.
But at this period in time it is a lack that is felt acutely. The Church of England and bishop Stephen have been at pains to point out that this is not a competition and nor should it be.
Those churches that have the capability are sharing what they do, and anyone with Internet can join their services and prayers.
For instance, St Mary’s Walthamstow has extended an invitation to join them on their Facebook page for regular Night Prayer (Compline) on Saturdays at 9.30 pm.
Spiritual Communion is something new to most of us and bishop Stephen has made a video in which he explains what it means. Recommended viewing for those who sorely feel the loss of not being able to take Communion in church at this time.
This Sunday (29th) BBC Songs of Praise episode is a special one: Aled Jones meets bishop Stephen Cottrell to reflect on current events. Hymns were recorded before churches closed which means everyone can still sing together.
Join at 1.15pm on BBC One television, or on line
Nevertheless, Revd Erwin is keen to try using some of the digital facilities that are within his reach during this lockdown so he can keep in touch. The video below is the first, admittedly unpolished effort. We are grateful he is prepared to embrace this novel for him ministry.