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With Passover starting the evening of April 8, 2020 and Easter coming up Sunday, April 12, a lot of people in Birmingham are probably wondering how to stay connected to (or discover) religious communities and traditions in the time of social distancing. We did a little digging to discover what churches, synagogues, mosques and temples are offering. Please help us support local nonprofits.
1. A few of the many Birmingham churches livestreaming services
Here are some of the local churches that will be streaming services. If you don’t see yours on the list, contact them to see what they’re planning. Even churches who haven’t offered streaming services previously are figuring out ways to do this via Facebook Live and other similar services.
- All Saints Episcopal: 11AM Sundays
- Asbury United Methodist Church: follow on Facebook for updates on livestreams and ways to get involved
- Beloved Community Church: links will be posted on their website and Facebook page Saturday
- Birmingham Friends Meeting: contact them for details
- Canterbury United Methodist Church: 10:30AM Sundays
- Cathedral Church of the Advent: audio sermons and Facebook
- Church at Ross Bridge: 10AM Sundays
- Dawson Memorial Baptist Church: various times, including throughout the week
- EWTN: multiple services per day
- Faith Chapel: 9:30AM Sundays
- First United Methodist Church — Birmingham: daily Facebook Live messages from ministry at 12PM and Sunday services with choir singing live (but separated more than 6ft from one another)
- Gardendale First Baptist Church: 10AM Sundays, 7:14PM Wednesdays
- Grace Life Baptist Church
- Hunter Street Baptist Church: 9:30AM Sundays
- Mountain Brook Baptist
- Mountaintop Community Church: 9:30AM and 11:15AM Sundays
- Redeemer Community Church: follow them on Facebook for updates
- Shades Mountain Baptist Church: various time and archives
- Shades Valley Presbyterian: on Facebook 11AM Sundays
- South Highland Presbyterian: 11AM Sundays, 6:30PM Wednesdays
- St. George Melkite Greek Catholic Church: follow them on Facebook for details about livestreams
- St. Mary’s on the Highlands Epicopal Church: follow them on Facebook for updates
- St. Thomas Episcopal Church: follow their Facebook page for daily morning prayer services
- The Worship Center: 8AM, 10:30AM, 2PM Sundays
- Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham: various
- Unity: website and follow them on Facebook or details of livestreaming
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2. Jewish organizations offering livestream services and study
- Knesseth Israel: Torah study via Zoom, follow on Facebook for details next week
- Rabbi Yossi Friedman offers daily Torah study
- Temple Beth-el: daily Livestream and Facebook Live
- Temple Emanu-el: Fridays 5:45PM, Saturdays 10:30AM
- Virtual Hebrew school
3. Buddhist organizations offering livestream sittings
Birmingham Shambhala Meditation Center is livestreaming sittings 7PM Mondays, Tuesday and Thursdays. Other, nonweekly offerings are also being zoomed.
Since gatherings of more than 10 are prohibited in Jefferson County until further notice, we expect most religious institutions will find ways to keep people connected.