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Church still went ahead this Easter Weekend

Emma Olsen
City Impact Church
City Impact Church   Tim Look

New Zealand's nationwide lockdown did not stop City Impact Church coming together this Easter Weekend.

City Impact Church was able to celebrate Easter this year by tuning in online. Although the service was different than ever before, Campus Director Tim Look said everything went very smoothly. 

On Good Friday, the Church streamed a one-hour Easter Special which was available on all of their online platforms. This year they were planning on doing a live event but because of lockdown were forced to edit a previous one. 

Senior Pastors, Peter and Bev Mortlock who started the Church back in 1982, went live at 10 am on Sunday with an Easter Communion Service. 

Tim said the feedback they have been getting from the weekend is incredible. All seven of their campuses watched and interacted immensely. 

"There were close to 9000 views of the one-hour Easter Special and the numbers watching the Easter Sunday Communion Service also showed a sizeable jump from last week."

Tim said the only difficulty he faced during the weekend was trying to not eat too much chocolate.

However, leading up to lockdown, Tim said the days were pretty insane.

"We had to have our systems in place and ensure that everything was where it needed to be to see us through the lockdown period. A lot of long days, hard work and quick thinking have paid off over the last few weeks. We have a great team."

The Church services haven't skipped a beat through the lockdown period, said Tim.

"We are online every Sunday from 10 am, we have been holding weekly prayer meetings online through our Campus Facebook groups, and Zoom has also been an essential part of keeping our congregation connected." 

Campus Pastors have continuously been reaching out to their congregation by calling, texting and posting encouraging messages online to help keep everyone's minds at peace during COVID.

Tim said there have been many positives that have come from this difficult time. 

"The fact that the number of people watching online continues to grow is encouraging, but what has been amazing to watch is a strong and growing sense of community within the Church despite physical separation. People are reaching out to others within and outside of the Church. They have hope and they are sharing that with others." 

City Impact Church Service
City Impact Church Service Tim Look