Digital church across the ALMA Partnership
Podcast by the bishop? National eucharist streamed on Facebook Live? I wonder which of the five dioceses of the ALMA Partnership we might be in: London, Angola, Lebombo, Niassa or Nampula?
Well, London you might think, and indeed you could well find a podcast by Bishop Sarah or a eucharist presided over by Archbishop Justin, but maybe you have been inspired by the resources for ALMA Sunday to consider travelling by the online bridge to Africa – where you can attend services with our partners in the Anglican Churches of Angola and Mozambique.
Having celebrated Easter Sunday on Mozambique national TV, Bishop Carlos Matsinhe now has a SoundCloud channel with sermons in Portuguese and Changana, which is a Bantu language spoken in the Diocese of Lebombo in Southern Mozambique.
Over in Luanda, where the capital city of Angola is in lockdown, each Sunday on the Facebook page of the Anglican Church in Angola there is a diocesan eucharist in Portuguese. On Thursday evenings, the youth service of the parish of St Stephen’s, Golfe is streamed to their Facebook page, and the spiritual gift of music by the 3rd Millennium youth choir will bless you on their Facebook page.
Covid-19 has a global impact and some of our partner churches are also online whilst they ‘fiça em casa’ (stay at home), many others have services at home. As ALMA partners, we are all being church in our own contexts but are held together by our oneness in Christ – with the opportunity to be blessed by sharing uplifting worship.
John Tasker is Twinning Officer for the Angola, London, Mozambique Association (ALMA). Currently there are 43 London parishes twinned with parishes in Africa. Please contact John if your parish would like a link partner.