Coronavirus Pandemic

Christians: Return of the house church

In a time of coronavirus, ways of worship in Singapore have transformed. Livestreaming, lightly modifying ancient rituals and even suspending services altogether - believers from all faiths are now navigating new terrain while safekeeping the essence of their beliefs

Heart of God Church online services include elements such as live chat and interactive games.
Heart of God Church online services include elements such as live chat and interactive games. PHOTO: HEART OF GOD CHURCH

The lights dim and worship begins in a Tampines Housing Board flat on a Saturday night.

A dozen young adults gather at a smart TV, its size a fraction of their megachurch jumbotron screen, raising hands to songs livestreamed from Faith Community Baptist Church in Marine Parade.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 22, 2020, with the headline 'Christians: Return of the house church'. Print Edition | Subscribe