Livestreaming services and groups – even without wifi

Published: March 24, 2020

Livestreaming church service on facebookGetting live content online; to remain connected with those in isolation, is more important than ever. Fortunately, it’s easier than you may think, and more and more churches are experimenting with live, or semi-live broadcasts.

It may seem a contradiction in terms, but even without wifi, it is possible to pre-record and distribute a ‘live’ video of your church service, prayer group, or messages from your church leadership, using only some very basic tools.

Here’s how:

 
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Examples from Lockdown:

 

View this post on Instagram

 

God is so much greater, in times of uncertainty and as our circumstances continue to change, Our God never changes! x

A post shared by VaCe Children and Youth Leader (@vacechildrenandyouth) on

Give it a go – a quick tutorial on livestreaming

Further information:

If you do have wifi in your church building and will be sharing services live ~

  • Post about it on Facebook first – give people at least a few hours notice that you will be sharing live content from your church;
  • If possible, use a tripod and external microphone to improve video/audio quality;
  • Research suggests that around 20 minutes for a live video is the ideal duration, so don’t feel you need to record everything;
  • Have someone spare on hand to interact with comments that may arise during or after the broadcast;
  • Mistakes happen – a live broadcast will not be perfect, this is ok.

If you do not have wifi in your church building ~

  • As the video above suggests, record a ‘live’ session anyway – you’ll only need a feeble data signal on your phone for this to work;
  • If possible, use a tripod and external microphone to improve video/audio quality;
  • Research suggests that around 20 minutes for a live video is the ideal duration, so don’t feel you need to record everything;
  • Once filmed, share the ‘live’ video once you are back in reach of wifi;
  • Mistakes happen – a live broadcast will not be perfect, this is ok.

Read more

Example: St John the Baptist, Cirencester
CofE website: how to live-share on Youtube, Instagram etc
CofE website: further detail on live broadcasts

Music

Worship songs or hymns over 70 years old will not need licensing for broadcast online as they are out of copyright. For more recent music, a PRS licence will cover you for broadcasting any PRS worship song over Facebook. Please check with any performers that they are happy for you to broadcast their performance. If you do not have this sort of licence, or are unsure, you could always focus on the non-musical parts of the service – perhaps start with a sermon or short video message rather than trying to record a whole service.

More on the PRS licence covering usage on Facebook

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