Christian festival Spring Harvest, has this week hit over one million views after taking their annual event online in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Ensuring their attendees didn’t miss out on the event, rebranded Spring Harvest Home, the entire conference programme was live streamed so that families and individuals across the country could share the experience.
Churches and Christian conferences across the world have seen a rapid increase in numbers joining services and celebrations online. The virtual service recorded at Lambeth Palace and led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is estimated to have been seen by around five million people. Moreover, St Paul’s and St George’s Church in Scotland has been reaching more than 8,000 people during each online service, where they would usually welcome 500 on any given Sunday.
Gavin Calver, General Director of the Evangelical Alliance and Chair of Spring Harvest said,
“Never has there been a more important time for usto gather together as a community to worship, learn, laugh and pray together. Each year we welcome up to 35,000 attendees at our event across three venues- it is just incredible that we have seen so many tuned it to celebrate together over Easter week! ”
Denise, a viewer of Spring Harvest online said,
“Many participants went online to, we are so blessed that Spring Harvest Home happened. I’m repeating the celebration events until they are no longer on YouTube. Thank you so much!”
Spring Harvest organisers have ensured Spring Harvest Home content stays online until the end of April so that key workers can still tune in around their working hours. All material built around the 2020 theme of ‘Unleashed- The Acts Church Today’ can be accessed on: https://www.youtube.com/SpringHarvest