PLAINFIELD, NJ — As local churchgoers seek spiritual comfort and guidance during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many are turning to online services. Local churches are using the latest technology to reach their members to offer a bit of comfort to celebrate the upcoming religious holidays. Sunday, April 5 marks the beginning of Holy Week, and Passover starts Wednesday night.
Over the past few weeks, Federal and State guidelines have prohibited many institutions, including religious ones, against holding social gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On Friday, during Gov. Phil Murphy’s daily press briefing, residents were urged to continue to adhere to the statewide ban on social gatherings, or the “stay at home” mandate, and new guidelines for the use of masks as the religious holidays approach.
“Social distancing is by far our best preventative measure,” Murphy said. “We said it here yesterday. Yes, you can wear a bandana or a scarf or a simple face covering while you are out but that is not in any way a replacement for social distancing.”
“Normally, many of us would be preparing to congregate for religious services and family gatherings,” said state Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli. “However, I want to urge the residents to abide by the ban on social gatherings I know this will be difficult.”
Persichilli asked religious leaders to provide their congregations with ways to observe services without gathering.
Here are links to some local churches in Plainfield offering online services:
Shiloh Baptist Church: https://shilohplainfield.org/Streaming.html
Worship Service is streamed live on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. Bible Study continues each week with access to the website’s live stream on Tuesday and Wednesday, and one can engage in the studies on the Book of Psalms and Acts.
Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church: http://www.crescentonline.org/media/sermons-at-crescent-avenue-presbyterian-church/
Palm Sunday service online will be held at 10:30 am. for the procession of the palms to celebrate Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem and our hearts.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church : https://www.facebook.com/stmarksepiscopalchurch
Join Father Wildgoose who offers Sunday Morning Devotion at 9:30 a.m. on Facebook.
Many online resources are offered throughout the week, including prayer and bible studies via conference call.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux and St. Stanislaus Kostka, a Roman Catholic Church: http://www.bestchurch.net/
The celebration of Mass at home will be live streamed at 9:15 a.m. in English, and at 6 p.m. in Polish on weekdays, and on Saturday evening and Sunday at the regular times: Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. in English, and at 11 a.m. in Polish. Access the live stream on the church's website at www.bestchurch.net; on the left side, click on “Live Mass”.
Grace Episcopal Church: www.zoom.com
Join Grace Church’s Sunday Morning Prayer Service via Zoom on Sunday mornings at 9:30. Contact email@example.com for the attendee information.
Mt. Olive Baptist Church: www.go2mobc.com
The church will stream communion for Holy Thursday on Facebook and YouTube at 6 p.m. Service will be held via Facebook and YouTube on Easter Sunday at 10 a.m.
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