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How Easter services are being delivered during coronavirus

With coronavirus forcing places of worship to close, many cathedrals and churches have had to adapt to bring this year's Easter services to their congregations.

Here's how some across the West and East Midlands are reaching out to their communities during a key time of devotion in the Christian calendar.

West Midlands

Coventry Cathedral Credit: PA
  • Coventry Cathedral

Online Liturgy is taking place on Good Friday at 9:15am. Online Litany of Reconciliation is then taking place at 12:00pm. These services can be accessed online on the cathedral's social media. The Cathedral also has a number of services planned during Holy Week and Easter - details of which can be found on their website.

  • Birmingham Cathedral

The cathedral are offering a variety of different services throughout Holy Week and Easter, with more details available on their website.

On Good Friday specifically, a Pause for Prayer and a Holy Week storytime for children called 'The Sad Day' are both taking place on their website from 9am.

A virtual Walk of Witness is then taking place on their website from 10am, Reflections with the Bishop of Aston will be available on their website from 3pm, and Compline for Good Friday will then be on the cathedral's website from 8pm.

  • Grace Community Church, Tipton

A service will be held online on Easter Sunday, with Easter readings, hymns and songs. Details of how to attend this service will be made available on their social media.

A video Easter message will also be made available to access online.

"Easter reminds us that despite the way we’ve treated him, his world and those other people around us, God doesn’t self-isolate from us."

– Tim Ambrose, Grace Community Church
  • All Saints Church, Lapley, Staffordshire

Morning Prayer is taking place at 9.00am Monday - Friday, and can be accessed on the Watershed Benefice's social media.

  • Worcester Cathedral

Morning and Evening Prayer is being streamed on the cathedral's social media.

  • Lichfield Cathedral

Lichfield Cathedral is livestreaming services on their social media. These include: Morning Prayers every day at 08:00am, and Eucharist being held at 12.30 Monday - Saturday and at 10:30am on Sundays. Evening Prayers will also be said every day at 5:30pm.

  • Codsall Methodist Church, Wolverhampton

Their Easter Sunday service will be shared using an internet streaming service, and those who are not online can also join by telephone.

"Good things grow out of difficult situations. May this Easter be a time when we discover more about ourselves, our world, and God, as we face the most difficult time in a generation."

– Joanne Cox-Darling, Methodist minister, Codsall, Brewood and Coven Methodist Churches

East Midlands

Derby Cathedral Credit: ITV News Central
  • Derby Cathedral

Morning Prayer is being live-streamed on social media from 8:30am Monday - Friday.

They also have specific Holy Week resources available on their website, including for families.

  • Leicester Cathedral

Online services are being carried out during Holy Week and Easter, with three meditations, and music, being posted online at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm on Good Friday.

The Bishop of Leicester has also recorded an Easter video message.

The Rt Revd Martyn Snow would usually give an address at the annual Good Friday event in the city. This year's message is virtual because of the pandemic.

  • Holy Trinity Church, Leicester

A set of services will be live-streamed on their website throughout Holy Week and Easter, and advertised on their social media. On Good Friday these services include: A special interactive service for children from 10.30 - 11am, and an afternoon meditation from 2:30 - 3:15pm.

"Jesus has does not socially distance himself from us, he is in isolation with us. Jesus left his home to save our lives and we must “stay at home to save lives,” whilst finding news way to share the good news; Christ is Risen, Hallelujah, our world needs this Good News!"

– Revd Elaine Sutherland, Holy Trinity Church
  • St. Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham

Liturgy is being streamed on social media on Good Friday at 3pm. The cathedral also has more information on this, and other services being carried out during Holy Week, on their website.

  • Diocese of Lincoln

The Diocese of Lincoln is uploading a "brief daily video message from members of the Bishop's staff that can be used as a source of reflection and prayer" every day of Holy Week, including Good Friday. These will be available on their website and social media.

  • St Anne's Church, Worksop

Daily reflections are taking place on the Church's social media during Holy Week, including on Good Friday.

  • Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ, East and West Midlands

Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ has churches in both the East and West Midlands, and had its first in Handsworth in Birmingham.

Their choir - made up of members from across the country - have pre-recorded a song to be played in their Easter Sunday service which will be live-streamed to parishioners.

A clip from the song can be viewed below, produced by EagleVisionTV:

Want to find out if any online services are taking place in your area? This website will let you know which churches local to you are offering online services, if you put 'live stream' in the 'What are you looking for?' box.