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CHURCH CHEERS: Church sees rise in attendance thanks to online courses amidst the pandemic

 Published on: 17th January 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

An online course for Christians run by a village church has seen a significant growth in popularity amidst the trials of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Christ Church Chorleywood has been running the ‘Alpha’ course for around twenty years now, with the practice being a way for anyone (not just Christians) to explore the deeper questions of the faith, with topics such as life’s purpose and the questions surrounding death.

Traditionally in-person, last year’s edition of the course went out online, with meetings being held over Zoom calls and breakout rooms for discussion. It was an unprecedented success for them, with more attendees than ever.

The church’s associate minister Terence Russoff said: “More people signed up for the online version than any in-person one we’ve ever done, and even better, more people stuck with it to the end.”

Visitors came from all over the country, including from as far as Essex, Derbyshire and even Cornwall. Now the church is planning a bigger online event for this year, as part of their general move to online worshipping.

Sermons are already streamed on the web, with some viewers coming from across the world. 

However, minister Russoff believes there is also another reason as to why the course has been so popular, owing to the uncertainty of the pandemic: “I think there’s a spiritual hunger now”.

To find out a bit more about the course, visit the church’s website online at If you wish to sign up to a class, visit The first one takes place on February 3.

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