Church doubles attendance with online services due to pandemic

It was a historic moment at the weekend when churches in our region fell silent, not opening for services for the very first time.

Not even two World Wars could stop British churches worshipping on a Sunday - yet the coronavirus has now forced them to close their doors.

However, many have turned to technology, broadcasting their songs and sermons online, with one Brighton church which has a thousand members already seeing around 2,000 tuning in live for its morning service alone.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Joel Virgo, Leader of Emmanuel Church, Archie Coates, Vicar of St Peter's Church in Brighton, and singer Megan Nicholas.

Joel Virgo Credit: ITV Meridian
Canterbury Cathedral Credit: PA