Elsewhere: A Poem in Preparation for Easter

Jonathan Budd, Methodist Minister in Saltash, Cornwall wrote this poem about the COVID-19 Crisis, Lockdown, and the rise of the Online Church...

The doors are closed for no one is inside

The organ stands unplayed without a sound

The chairs unoccupied just sit around

While no one in the Sunday School has cried


Today there's no arrangement for the flowers

The number's up for hymns put on the board

The faces in the stained glass are ignored

The pulpit saved from thumping through these hours


But somewhere else a party's going down

The saints now one by one are gathering

Around computer screens and set to sing

With windows opened up to raise the town


Where is the Easter church as one in prayer?

Like Jesus and that tomb

We are elsewhere.