On Qingming, a time to commemorate the dead, churches across China traditionally hold memorial and tomb sweeping services to remember deceased Christians.
However, this year's Qingming was different from before as control measures were taken against the spread of Covid-19.
Many churches offered online tomb-sweeping services, urging believers to pray and mourn their ancestors and family members who passed away.
Since local graveyards were closed, a church in Guandong hosted an online service with the theme of "Honoring the True God and Remembering Family Members" last Saturday.
A church pastor in Jieyang, Guangdong exhorted believers who attended on-site commemorative services not to be engaged in superstitution activities such as ancestral worship, sacrifice or offerings. He suggested that they remove weeds in cemeteries and trace red characters on tombstones. Family members could sing hymns, pray together, and recall their ancestors' wise words and admirable deeds.
A church in Jinan, Shandong launched a specific prayer, "We pray for God's protection on this special day so that we can mark the day with the truth. We should remember our deceased family members, not 'worship' them. Pray that God will do his good work in us so we can follow after his heart. Let us be always vigilant. Only you are God, only you are the true and living God. Only you deserve our worship."
- Translated by Karen Luo