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Spring Harvest at Home attracts more than one million views

Annual Christian festival Spring Harvest has hit more than one million views after taking celebrations online in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ensuring their attendees didn’t miss out on the event, rebranded Spring Harvest Home, the entire conference programme was live streamed so that families and individuals across the country could share the experience.

Archbishop John Sentamu speaking at Spring Harvest

Churches and Christian conferences across the world have seen a rapid increase in numbers joining services and celebrations online. The virtual service recorded at Lambeth Palace and led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is estimated to have been seen by around five million people.

And St Paul's and St George's Church in Scotland has been reaching more than 8,000 people during each online service, where they would usually welcome 500 on any given Sunday.

Gavin Calver, General Director of the Evangelical Alliance and Chair of Spring Harvest said, “Never has there been a more important time for us to gather together as a community to worship, learn, laugh and pray together. 

Pete Greig from 24-7Prayer spoke from his home

"Each year we welcome up to 35,000 attendees at our event across three venues – it is just incredible that we have seen so many tuned it to celebrate together over Easter week!”

Denise, a viewer of Spring Harvest online said, “We are so blessed that Spring Harvest Home happened. I’m repeating the celebration events until they are no longer on YouTube. Thank you so much!”

Spring Harvest organisers have ensured Spring Harvest Home content stays online until the end of April so that key workers can still tune in around their working hours. All material built around the 2020 theme of Unleashed – The Acts Church Today can be accessed on https://www.youtube.com/SpringHarvest.

Main photo: Lou Fellingham leads worship

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