For many churches around the LCA/NZ, COVID-19 gathering and health restrictions may mean they are unable to host the large Christmas services or be involved in the big community events they usually do. Instead, faith communities have come up with new and innovative ways to worship.
Many people have had to adjust to changes in work, home and church life due to COVID-19. But while many things have changed in 2020, Christine Matthias believes a focus on Christ’s birth and traditions built on enjoying simple things together, means Christmas won’t be all that different for her.
‘And with this Word, God created all things. Nothing was made without the Word. Everything that was created received its life from him, and his life gave light to everyone. The light keeps shining in the dark, and darkness has never put it out (John 1:3–5 CEV).’ A star shining in the night sky is… Read more
Having a state governor attend your little country church on Christmas Eve and do a Bible reading, then bring his family to join yours for Christmas Day lunch sounds like the stuff of a movie script. But that was the true story of Christmas 2015 for Ken and Daphne Schwarz, members of Bookpurnong Lutheran Church,… Read more