Annual Christian Festival, Spring Harvest, has this week hit over one million views after taking the annual event online in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The organisers Essential Christian, wanted to ensure attendees didn’t miss out on the event, so they rebranded it Spring Harvest Home, and the entire conference programme was live streamed so that families and individuals across the country could share the experience.
This is in keeping with other churches and Christian conferences across the world which have seen a rapid increase in numbers joining services and celebrations online.
A virtual service recorded at Lambeth Palace and led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is estimated to have been seen by around five million people. Moreover, St Paul’s and St George’s Church in Scotland have reached more than 8,000 people during each online service, where they would usually welcome 500 on any given Sunday.
“Never has there been a more important time for us to gather together as a community to worship, learn, laugh and pray together,” says Gavin Calver, of the Evangelical Alliance and Chair of Spring Harvest. “Each year we welcome up to 35,000 attendees at our event across three venues – it is just incredible that we have seen so many tuned it to celebrate together over Easter week! ”
Denise, an online viewer said, “We are so blessed that Spring Harvest Home happened. I’m repeating the celebration events until they are no longer on YouTube. Thank you so much!”
Essential Christian are ensuring Spring Harvest Home content stays online until the end of April so that key workers can still tune in around their working hours. All material is built around the 2020 theme of ‘Unleashed – The Acts Church Today’ and can be accessed on YouTube.
Also read how local Church of England parishes are responding to the Covid-19 lockdown. Welcome To Virtual Church! The Church of England’s Response to COVID-19