Alternative ways to attend worship services
March 30, 2020

Joan Hatem-Roy, Chief Executive Officer

Q: I am a person of deep faith. Churches are closed which is leaving many individuals with a sense of loss. Regardless of which religion a person follows, how can someone stay in touch with their beliefs when no longer able to attend services?

A: The pandemic our nation is currently dealing with is unlike anything most of us have ever experienced. Churches of all denominations have closed their doors in the attempt to control community transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

It is understandable the impact this is having on many individuals. There will be some who will struggle trying to keep a positive attitude, others may come to realize the “building” is not as important as the message that is delivered within that “building.”

There are numerous alternative ways of engaging with worship services. Someone who always attends church on Sunday morning may not even be aware there have been religious services broadcast on major television stations for years.

Technology has provided additional opportunities, where churches will be broadcasting sermons via websites, Facebook accounts and video chatting platforms. Members have already found comfort in virtual meetings via Google Hangouts. Several radio stations exclusively play hymnals on Sunday mornings.

This crisis provides each of us a forum to put our religious beliefs to practice by reaching out to others in the community who may be in need. Volunteers are coming together to conduct random acts of kindness either in person or calling those who are isolated.


Are you struggling caring for an older adult or having difficulty locating resources? Our staff is available for a no-cost consultation, set up at your convenience, to help guide you through your caregiving experience. For more details or to schedule an appointment, please call our Lawrence Office at 800-892-0890 or Danvers Office at 978-750-4540.

Do you have a question? We encourage inquiries and comments from our readers. Please direct your correspondence Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and North Shore, Inc.:
Lawrence Office: Age Information Department, 280 Merrimack Street, Suite 400, Lawrence, MA 01843 or
Danvers Office: Information and Referral, 300 Rosewood Dr #200, Danvers, MA 01923 or

Joan Hatem-Roy is the Chief Executive Officer of Elder Services of Merrimack Valley and North Shore.

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