“The message started out normally, asking me how I am doing,” König said, “how I am fairing in these terrible times and so on.”
Then, her pastor told her that their small evangelical church in Berlin was going to reopen after being closed for weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That was good news.
“But it was weird when he said I would have to make ‘reservations’ for my family to have a spot on Sunday,” said König. “That’s certainly never happened before.”
König and her congregation are not alone in navigating a “new normal” for worship gatherings as lockdown limits ease across Germany.