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Grand Haven church offers live streaming of worship services

• Jul 1, 2018 at 10:00 AM

The technology has changed dramatically over the years, but videos of the Sunday worship services of the Second Christian Reformed Church have been available to the church’s shut-ins and the community for 35 years.

In 1983, the church, located at the corner of Sheldon and Robbins roads in Grand Haven, contracted with North Ottawa Cablevision to tape the Sunday morning service. This was done to provide shut-ins and the community access to the church services.

A technician with one camera in the church’s balcony taped the service each Sunday for broadcast on a public access channel the following Sunday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Eventually, the church purchased the camera and members of the congregation did the programming of the service. This was later done by the cable company.

Later, the city took it over, and finally, Grand Haven Area Public Schools did the programming. The school district’s support for the service decreased over time and, in late 2017, the opportunity to view the church services on the local channel ceased.

“We now post our service on youtube.com,” said Harley Dyk, who is in charge of technology at the church. “It is generally online by 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon.”

The services can be viewed on YouTube from the church’s website at www.secondcrcgrandhaven.org using the “Media” tab. You can also search for “2ndCRCGH” on YouTube.

For those without access to the internet, DVDs are provided, and are available to anyone by calling the church office at 616-842-0710.

The church’s pastor, the Rev. Laura de Jong, invites the public to worship with the Second CRC congregation via the videos.

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