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Greek Orthodox Churches in NSW use live streams to bring services into our homes

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Local Greek Orthodox Parishes across Sydney are doing what they need to ensure their local community can participate with the Church services from the comfort of their own homes, in an era of ‘social distancing’.

Following His Eminence Archbishop Makarios’ announcement yesterday that all public worship in churches will be suspended, local parishes are offering Live Facebook streaming, and Live YouTube streaming, bringing the church into everyones home.

St Stylianos in Gymea, Sts Raphael, Nicholas & Irene in Liverpool and All Saints in Belmore, have all transferred their Sunday church services online to Facebook, live streaming them for public viewing.

Meanwhile, St Stephanos in Hurlstone Park and St Spyridon Parish in Kingsford are reaching out to the Greek Orthodox community for people to subscribe to their YouTube accounts, in an effort to go live from the video sharing platform, and ensuring that all services in the current environment can be followed in every home from their Smart TV.

PLEASE SHARE, CLICK & SUBSCRIBEWe need 1,000 subscribers on YouTube to go live.PLEASE Click the Link and Subscribe. Thank you.https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-5bUqDwk2avFpbOiBmMzhg

Posted by St Spyridon Parish – Sydney on Thursday, 19 March 2020

PLEASE SHARE CLICK AND SUBSCRIBE We need 1000 subscribers on You Tube to go live.PLEASE Click the link and subscribehttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3RTRabPZfTpZv7pDiQcBpA

Posted by St Stephanos Hurlstone Park on Thursday, 19 March 2020

As society moves towards the digital age, it is vital that the churches adapt and utilise new technology to keep historic traditions alive. Live Streaming on Facebook and YouTube ensures their local communities remain close to their local parish, and can participate in the service from their phone, tablet or T.V.

Read More: His Eminence Archbishop Makarios: From today our churches will remain closed to the faithful

“COVID-19 is a pandemic. As such there are big questions facing the church communities and religious groups around the world. How should churches handle COVID-19? Should Churches continue Sunday service?” Steven Rafeletos, Chairman of the Board of Directors of All Saints Parish Belmore says.

“The Church always has a role to play when our communities are hurting, and church leaders need to be compassionate and creative as ways are identified to serve our community and meet their needs.”

Our Parish responds to COVID-19. Please read the attached document.

Posted by Greek Orthodox Parish and Community of Belmore and District "All Saints" on Thursday, 19 March 2020

The Official Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia Official Youtube account will likely live stream any service featuring His Eminence Archbishop Makarios and can be accessed through the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChA5BBagN4y6zWiO9fD0RHA

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