How can the Church help lonely and fearful people post-Covid?

20 May 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic hasn’t been the first time people have suffered from fear or loneliness. But it has brought those feelings into focus.

Fear of disease is instinctive, but government information campaigns have sought to heighten those instincts to fight Covid – with lasting effects. Our individualistic society already led to many people feeling lonely, but being physically separated from friends and family worsened the situation for many.

This is also true in the Church. Although many Christians are keen to come to fully-fledged services, many remain anxious about the possibility of being infected or infecting others. And simply meeting once a week may merely papering over the cracks of the loneliness people feel.

How can the church love lonely and fearful people? What is a Biblical and pastoral response to these issues? And what innovative ways are Christians sharing the hope of Christ, who is “a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1)?

We were joined on a special episode of Round the Table for our first Church Unlocked livestream by special guests Pastor Oliver Allmand-Smith from Trinity Grace Church, North Manchester, and Rev. David Hall from Christ Church Chorleywood.

Watch it in full below:


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