On Wednesday 21st October, 8pm to 9pm Holy Trinity, Richmond are running a Secret Church event. Hosted by Emma Worrell from Open Doors, Secret Church is an event created by Open Doors to help us understand and worship alongside the world’s hidden Christians.
The COVID-19 crisis has meant we’ve all experienced what it’s like not to be able to meet in a church building or 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. They meet under the cover of darkness; in caves, forests and cellars; in the middle of the night, at dawn and on the run from secret police. They gather under the arches of bridges and even meet in stinking toilets in prison camps.
Yet wherever they meet – they find Jesus there. And that’s what we can learn from them: that lockdown doesn’t mean we are alone; that even though we are separated, we can still be Church.
This event will be run via Zoom. If you would like to join, email the Church Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the Zoom details.