The New Normal and the New Future

The habits of lockdown have become the new normal: staying home; social distancing if we need to venture out; meeting family and friends on screen rather than face to face; taking special care of people who are shielding. Lockdown culture has generated a renewed community spirit, whether we are clapping the NHS or collecting a prescription for an elderly neighbour. Lockdown routines have nudged us towards taking daily exercise by privileging this as a legitimate reason for going outdoors.
And of course lockdown church has discovered its own new normal.
A survey of Scottish Baptist churches by Baptist Union of Scotland in April 20201 revealed several characteristics that are becoming the new normal for churches during the Coronavirus crisis.