'Virtual sermons' as Devon and Bristol church services go online amid coronavirus crisis

Churchgoers in Devon and Bristol will still be able to enjoy their regular services by tuning in for 'virtual sermons'.

Churches across the West Country are still open, but public worship has been suspended amid the Coronavirus crisis.

A pre-recorded service, filmed at Exeter Cathedral, will be broadcast online on Sunday morning, and parishioners are being encouraged to join in from home.

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Mass worship has been suspended but churches are still open. Credit: ITV News

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The church is urging people to look after their neighbours. Credit: ITV News

The Bishop of Truro added that the move did not mean the church was "shutting up shop".

Bristol Cathedral remains open for people to pray and reflect - so long as they keep a safe distance.. Credit: ITV West Country

Bristol Cathedral has also taken its services online - which it hopes to livestream through Facebook and YouTube.

It added that the Cathedral remains physically open for private prayer.

A worshipper at Bristol Cathedral, which is staying open during the coronavirus outbreak. Credit: ITV West Country

We asked one older churchgoer from Westbury on Trym in Bristol what he thought of the moves to take services and sermons online.

Bristol Cathedral is streaming its services through its Facebook page. Credit: ITV West Country