In 2020, we celebrated holidays at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We worked at home, attended school at home, even attended worship services at home. Many Christians also turned to hymns for comfort at home, according to Hymnary.org.
Editor Brian Kaylor says it won’t really feel like Christmas this year. And we shouldn’t pretend everything’s alright. It’s okay to lament. It’s okay to express our disappointment. It’s okay to miss what we can’t have and do this year. Because that’s part of the
A holiday tradition since the 1930s, Singing Christmas Trees draw in thousands of visitors who might never otherwise come to church and bring joy and a sense of community to cast and congregation members alike. But this year, COVID restrictions make such events nearly impossible
Choral music has especially been hit hard by the pandemic as it relies upon — and, indeed, exists as — a combination of public safety no-no’s: large groups, proximity and voices raised to the heavens (i.e., major distribution of droplets).
The Choral Arts Society of Frederick recently pushed ahead with its first group rehearsal in more than six months. The Maryland group was mindful of the tragedy that touched another choral group this year when several members became sick after a rehearsal.
Keith Getty’s life is usually filled with singing. Almost all of it with groups of fellow Christians — which he says is one of the primary tasks of his faith and one made difficult during COVID-19. Now, his annual “Sing!” conference is going virtual.
More than half who regularly attend religious services say their congregation is open. Of those, most say social distancing and masks are required during services. But a much lower percentage (37%) say their congregation has limited communal singing, despite CDC warnings that singing in close
Crowded bars and house parties have been identified as culprits in spreading the coronavirus. Meat packing plants, prisons and nursing homes are known hot spots. Then there’s the complicated case of America’s churches.
U.S. health officials removed some coronavirus reopening tips for religious organizations only hours after posting them late last week, deleting guidance that discouraged choir gatherings and the use of shared communion cups.