Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
It has been 3 years since the world has experienced a major change brought upon by the Covid-19 pandemic. And it was also the first time in a very long time where the doors of KL Wesley had to be closed on Sundays due to the Movement Control Order (MCO) imposed by the government starting on 18th March 2020, though our church had already ceased face to face service the Sunday before. Nobody, at least in the recent generation, had ever experienced this and the then pastor-in-charge, Rev. Andrew Lim had to quickly put together a virtual Sunday Service that our church has never really done before.
Despite being new in the virtual scene, the team led by Pastor Andrew has managed to put together online Sunday Services, from one Sunday to another, allowing us to worship God and to hear his Word in our own homes. In time, the experience got better with the inclusion of a live streamed service (on YouTube) and a virtual congregation (through Zoom, a popular video conference service at the time). Though the interaction experience was not as good when compared to interaction in person, but it was the best option, given the restrictions imposed at the time. Not only that, with a virtual congregation came the virtual worship team as well, which had enhanced the worship experience at home for sure. Also, this has potentially given rise to visitors from all around the world who would join us whenever our service is live on YouTube.
We truly praise God for the technology made available to us at this day and age!
We have come a long way since the beginning of the pandemic, and though we no longer stream our church service live and have a virtual congregation through Zoom, we still put up the recordings of our morning Sunday service on YouTube so that members are given another option to attend the Sunday service virtually if they are not able to physically attend it in the morning. Moreover, this is also to ensure that we do not fully close our doors to those visitors who have started tuning in to our online service during the lockdown; who may not be able to attend physically due to geographical reasons. While being able to watch the sermons again online is good (especially to get the correct answers to the blanks in the sermon notes), it would be great to also provide a platform for members to share their personal experiences and testimonies. And yes, this is probably the reason why you, the reader, have visited Wesley Tidings Online today and are reading this!
Please check back from time to time as there will be new articles published and we hope it will be a blessing to you. At the same time, do consider contributing a testimony or two to share God’s love with other members.
Wesley Tidings Sub-Committee