Not Zoom Fatigue — Zoom Refreshment
Online Bible Studies Flourish During COVID
Traditional Bible study has been part of the Women's Ministry for years. Usually, about 70 people participate in Bible study each year.
In 2020, that number more than tripled to 230!
"It has been so sweet," said Gail Hatcher of Perimeter's Women's Ministry. "There are ages and stages mixing. Mothers and daughters doing studies together. That doesn't normally happen when we're in-person in a big group. People just naturally gravitate towards people who are at the same place in life that they are."
Online Bible study has also reached groups of people who either couldn't — or wouldn't — be part of an in-person group. Like Kim Alexander, who is currently working and living in Tokyo.
"Living in Tokyo, I have been able to join two studies," said Kim, who works for Coca-Cola and is in Tokyo, busy preparing for the Summer Olympics. "It has been a blessing to connect on a weekly basis, grow my faith, pray with sisters in faith, make new friends, and re-connect with old friends."
Jennifer Hadden-McMichael's group had a member who had recently moved to the Northeast and had no other Christian friends yet in her new home. Her group was drawn to pray for her — that she would be strengthened and find community in her new home.
Hiromi Noda moved to the United States a year and a half ago. Prior to living here, she had never even opened a Bible, but she felt she wanted to learn about it. Even though she is still learning English, her thankfulness shines through in the email she sent Gail. Below is a portion of that email.
"I thank I joined through zoom under this hard time. I am encouraged and get a peaceful mind by the class. I can't help feeling the power of the gospel.
Gail says that women have told her that they will continue to do Bible study as long as an online option is offered.
"This is too big of an open door to ever want to close it," said Gail. "Too many women are finding their spiritual needs met here."