Millions of Americans are quarantined. Meetings of more than 10 people are banned across the country, and our regular meeting places – shops, restaurants and cinemas – are closed in the near future.
The churches (temples) are also closed, but that doesn’t mean the church is closed.
FoxNews has made its platform and free streaming service available to broadcast Christian, Jewish and Catholic services on the weekends.
“Our primary mission is to serve our audience,” said FoxNews editor-in-chief Porter Berry. “During this religious season, many Americans are eager to continue to participate in their faith services while at home during this ongoing health crisis. By providing live broadcasts of religious services, our viewers can stay connected to their faith during this pandemic”.
The news site last week broadcast live services at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Friday night and Saturday morning, as well as the Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City and the Free Chapel in Gainesville, Georgia, on Sunday morning.
“We know our audience, they’re faithful and they love God,” Berry said. “FoxNews is providing this public service and making it easy and available for our viewers to broadcast religious services online. This public service that FoxNews is providing is needed more than ever”.
Churches use each time more and more technology
FoxNews Channel senior religion correspondent Lauren Green reports that pastors and worship leaders are reaching out using technology with Instagram Live, YouTube, Facebook and other platforms throughout the week offering prayer and community on which congregations depend.
Churches around the world have broken records in connections and online audience for reaching out to God and seeking refuge in the midst of so much chaos.
The 52,000-member Lakewood Church of Joel Osteen reported its largest audience on Sunday, with 4.51 million people tuning in.
The service at the Jentezen Franklin Free Chapel in Gainesville, Ga., saw its largest online audience with 1.1 million hits last Sunday.
“People need hope,” said FoxNews contributor Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. “That’s what the Christian faith offers, it offers hope in an uncertain world”.