The dissemination of acts of worship online has resulted in changes to a new church under construction in Cambridge.
Downing Place United Reformed Church was due to hold its closing ceremony this month, but work on site for the £ 3.3million project has been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With churches closed for public worship, private prayer, and all other meetings except vital community services, Downing Place URC live streamed acts of worship on YouTube, including daily services during Holy Week.
This means that Downing Place URC, which was formed in June 2018 from the union of the United Reformed Churches Emmanuel and St Columba, worked with Archangel Architects to make changes to the redeveloped St Columba site.
Together with audiovisual specialist Thomas Krippner of Absolute AV, the architects were able to meet the changing needs of Downing Place URC.
A camera and recording equipment has been installed in the main worship space, connected to the sound system, and a fixed camera with five preset zoom positions will provide variety to the viewer.
It offers the church the opportunity to be more inclusive and to reach new audiences beyond current circumstances.
“We have had a great response to the services provided online and are delighted with how the technology we are putting into Downing Place URC will enable people to be in church, who otherwise might not be in the future. “said John Bradbury, Minister at Downing Place URC.
Nigel Walter, Founder and Director of Archangel Architects, said: “In these extraordinary times, churches are finding new ways to reach their congregations and reconsider the purpose of their buildings.
“We look forward to working with more churches to help them find ways to make their buildings more welcoming; filming and recording facilities may well be part of this opening up of the church to different generations in new ways.
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