UTICA, N.Y. --- Livestreaming masses is now the new norm for most churches throughout the area. Grace Church held its annual Palm Sunday Mass online. The church live-streamed it through the Zoom app and broadcasted it on their youtube page.
Grace Church Pastor Christine Williams- Belt said the service went well, but it felt different.
"It allows us to focus on the scripture. It allows us to understand god's presence in a different way. So it was different but it felt good and I really think it felt like God was present," said Belt.
Belt said the service went on as normal. She said over one hundred people tuned in for the service.
Christine said that even though the parishioners weren't physically in front of her, she said she still got that sense of community.
"I think that even though we are apart, we are still the church. The church isn't the building, the building is where we worship. And then some people like to build holy places for god. But we are the church, the church is the people," said Belt.
Live-streaming the service may only be temporary, but the church is looking into the possibility of doing this for people who can't make it, even after this pandemic is over with.
"This may be something we can carry forward to those that can't attend church. Imagine someone suffering from some sort of ailment that keeps them home. This way here they can still be apart of the service. So its something I think in the long run we can benefit from. But in the short-run it's not easy" said Belt.
But the Pastor had one special message to all on this Palm Sunday.
"We have so many luxuries of worshipping together, Its on pause, and I think we have to look at the entire story and look at the Jesus narrative and recognize that even though we are not together Jesus is present. I hope that as we move through Easter, it becomes less about the church and more about the way in which the church is being in the world," said Belt.
Grace Church puts all of its live-streamed church services on its YouTube page.