Build a routine around it.
I know that life looks a little different now. (Ok… it looks a lot different now.) Your old Sunday routine has likely been blow up by not being able to go… well… anywhere. That’s ok. Build a new routine.
Make it a thing!
I know that it can be hard to engage with church on a screen. Many people miss being able to gather together during this season. I know that I do. But church doesn’t have to be a sterile experience right now. The more you are willing to lean into it, the more you will get out of it.
Watch it on your TV.
Have you tried watching the service on your TV instead of your computer, tablet or phone? The bigger the picture, the more real it feels. If you have Apple products, try using AirPlay to put the service on your TV. If you have a smart TV, try casting the service. Or you could try connecting your computer with an HDMI cable. The bigger the screen, the bigger the experience.
AirPlay “How To”
Chromecast “How To”
If you’re stuck, there’s no shame in that. Ask a teenager if you’ve got one handy. If we can help you in any way, let us know! You can contact Karen at Karen@project938.net.
Turn up the volume.
When we turn the volume down, it can become ambient noise that fades into the background. I’m not suggesting you turn it up so loud that it disrupts your neighbors two streets over. But turn it up loud enough that it has your attention and your focus. Give that “volume up” button on your remote a workout.
Think like a kid.
If you’ve got young kids and you’re anything like me, it doesn’t take much to get distracted while you’re trying to watch the service. Remember, it isn’t just your life that has changed dramatically during this season… their lives have changed dramatically as well. They may have been used to going to a kid’s class on Sunday mornings where the activities, interaction and teaching were all tailored to their specific age group. Creating a space for them to experience age-oriented content will not only serve them, it will serve you as well. Help your kids get excited for church so it’s not just another thing that they have to do.
Soak it in.
While church might look a little different now, the purpose and message is the same. We hope that you experience the unconditional love God has for you in deeper and richer ways each week. We want you to find answers to the questions that your soul is asking and freedom for the things that burden you. I want that for me as well. We don’t want you to feel pressure to have a perfect church experience. Instead, we want to invite you to be encouraged and challenged while being part of something bigger than yourself.
Experience it with others.
Faith isn’t meant to be a solo journey just as church isn’t meant to be a solo experience. It is good for us to be together with other people. Shared experiences help us connect with other people and they help us feel more a part of what’s going on in the church. If you can, make your church participation a communal event.
Gather the people in your house to watch together.
Join or host a watch party.
Want to watch with people but don’t know where to find them? Go to 938online.net or Project 938 on Facebook and join a watch party. Or better yet, gather up some friends and family and host your own watch party. This doesn’t have to just take place online either. When restrictions loosen and we can being to gather in larger groups, you could host or be a part of a watch party in someone’s home.
Participate in the chat.
Invite someone to watch it with you (either in person or virtually).
Make it a whole life thing (instead of just a Sunday thing).
Church isn’t meant to be something we do once a week for one hour (or less than an hour if you’re lucky). Church is followers of Jesus living out our faith in real and authentic ways while inviting others to experience the same. If you feel like you’re missing out, maybe the answer is inviting God into more of your life and making your faith a whole life thing.