The world comes to gather: Drive-in praise, cellphone choirs and more
by Gemma Koh // March 31, 2020, 7:37 pm
On Sundays, honks replace "Amens" at some churches across America which have started meeting drive-in movie style, where the pulpit could be the back of a trailer. Photo from Woodlands Drive-in Church Facebook page.
It may be a while before we hear the Kallang Roar again.
But last night at 8pm, people from Jurong to Tampines came to their windows, onto their balconies and rooftops of their homes, clapping, cheering, whistling, whooping and banging pots.
All to show their appreciation for SGUnited efforts involving everyone from healthcare workers to supermarket staff, cleaners to bus drivers, and everyone else keeping our nation safe, well-stocked and well-run during this season of COVID-19.
#ClapForSGUnited was initiated by British expat Martin Verga, who has lived in Singapore for a decade. He was inspired by #ClapforNHS, which saw millions of Britons giving an ovation to staff of the National Health Service.
Gathering en masse may be banned for now. But communities around the world are banding together – in creative ways – to uplift as well as to pray and worship together, all while observing social distancing measures:
Parking lot praise and prayer
Source: Facebook post by @kimberlyjefferson
Hundreds gathered, staying in their cars, around the Cartersville Medical Center on March 26 to pray for medical staff and patients inside fighting COVID-19. They tuned in to the same radio station for prayer and songs of praise.
Hospital staff, with barely a dry eye, on the rooftop, standing at a respectable distance from each other, were videoed with arms outstretched in worship as the song Way Maker blared. This Circle of Prayer was organised by Camden McGill.
It was one of a number of car park prayers held around hospitals in the state of Georgia.
On Sundays, honks replace “Amens” and clapping at some churches across America who have started meeting drive-in movie style, where the pulpit could be the back of a trailer.
Members of the congregation, in their respective cars, tune in to their radios to hear their pastors preach. Some gather at drive-in theatres that are currently not allowed to hold movie screenings, but have opened their lots to them.
However, at least one state has come out to warn that such social gatherings should limited to 10 or fewer, and people should keep 6ft apart from each other.
Order Church takeaway
The Vicar of St Peter’s Notting Hill has been delivering “church takeaway” at the invitation of London residents. He sets up a mike connected to speakers, inviting “a captive audience” to join him in a singalong of “Amazing Grace” followed by The Lord’s Prayer.
Virtual cellphone choir
Using their mobile phones from their homes, 31 singers from the Nashville Studio Singer Community in Tennessee recorded their choral rendition of “It is Well with my Soul” to share a message of hope and encouragement during these challenging days of COVID-19.
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