More than 100,000 Christians in Aberdeenshire finding new ways to worship during lockdown

More than 100,000 Christians in Aberdeenshire will be finding new ways to worship during the coronavirus lockdown.

By Tommy Lumby, Data Reporter
Friday, 10th April 2020, 8:58 am
Updated Friday, 10th April 2020, 9:00 am
Many people across the world are getting creative in order to celebrate Easter while in isolation
Many people across the world are getting creative in order to celebrate Easter while in isolation

With several major religious festivals either under way or fast approaching, many people across the world are getting creative in order to celebrate while in isolation.

Office for National Statistics figures show that Aberdeenshire was home to 101,751 Christians in 2018, the most recent year with available data.

They will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus after his crucifixion on Easter Sunday (April 12).

In the lead-up to this, some people fast for Lent, while others give up certain foods. This reflects the biblical account of Jesus fasting for forty days in the wilderness.

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, will deliver a video sermon and prayers on Easter Sunday that will be available on Facebook.

Many local churches across the Church of Scotland will also be streaming their Easter Sunday worship services online.

A message on its website said: “Easter may not look the same this year as it has in years gone by at your local church, but people across the length and breadth of the Kirk are working hard to ensure that we’re all still able to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ as we approach Easter Sunday.”

There were an estimated 32.2 million Christians across Britain in 2018, according to the ONS data.

This was followed by 3.4 million Muslims, 953,000 Hindus and 311,000 Jews. Around 25 million people were recorded as having no religion.

There were no figures on the number of Jewish people and Muslims in Aberdeenshire, either because the sample size was too small or because the area does not have a significant population of those groups.

Muslims will celebrate the holy month of Ramadan from April 23. During this time, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset during this time, and then gather with family and friends in the evening for the Iftar meal, when the fast is broken.

Members of the Jewish community began celebrating the festival of Passover on Thursday (April 8), which will last until April 16.

Passover – or Pesach – is a time when Jewish people commemorate Moses leading the Israelites out of slavery in ancient Egypt.