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.
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.
“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.”
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: