An out-of-state trucker has been faithfully attending worship services at the First United Methodist Church in Corry.

Missionaries from Africa and Brazil have also been participating as audience members, along with a handful of elderly residents who don’t have the means to travel.

These individuals — along with about 100 others who consider themselves Christians — are part of a group called online attendees, a relatively new Internet circle that can be accessed through the church’s Web site, www.corryfirst.org.

“Our belief, whether you are actually here in the church or participating through the Internet, is that we are one family at First United Methodist Church,” said the Rev. John Zimmerman, church pastor.

Every Sunday, two worship services are broadcast live over the church Web site. Anyone who has access to the Internet may log on to watch and participate through live chats.

Since its first broadcast, which launched about two years ago, about 60 to 100 online attendees have been logging on each week.

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