Dating website Christian Connection has worked since lockdown began to help and support thousands of single Christians through the Covid-19 pandemic with online social events – and it may have changed the future of singles events forever. This is part of Christian Connection’s work to support all single Christians and its partnership with Single Friendly Church.
Many single Christians rely on church life and volunteer activities to sustain them socially, but these opportunities were abruptly cut off when the UK went into lockdown in March.
“Many single people found a degree of support from their churches through online services and prayer groups, but others felt they were staring into a void for which they were entirely unprepared,”
says Jackie Elton, founder of Christian Connection and Single Friendly Church.
Many members stepped forward as volunteers to organise a variety of online activities, including online karaoke, quizzes, games nights and poetry readings.
Events proved hugely successful, with around 1,500 participants to date. Members petitioned for online events to continue in future – especially with the prospect of more lockdowns throughout autumn and winter.
Going online has allowed more people to attend events, and given participants the chance to interact with a wider circle of people.
“Covid has caused a great deal of pain and difficulty but it has also brought some special moments and silver linings,”
“We have discovered the power of online events for single Christians, and they won’t be stopping anytime soon. We are ready for what is coming.