Although learning new things during societal upheaval is not ideal (!), there are some brilliant tools freely available which can help us with otherwise impossible tasks.
And though this is a good time in some contexts to try new things, it is of course perfectly ok for churches to opt-out and focus offline ~ instead signposting people to churches in your area who are accessible online, should people wish to connect in that way.
A new set of Virtual meetings Safeguarding guidelines is now available
A quick tutorial on livestreaming, even without wifi in your church building
Join a Church of England webinar to find out how to get your church connected
Register a 24-7 Prayer Room, for free, here
Free to use (up to 100 people on the video or phonecall). You don’t need to download an app. Can use a ‘code’ for people to be able to join a call
Free accounts, available on all devices, relies on the smartphone app.
Free and available on all devices. Does require a Google account.
A phonecall will be the favourite method for a lot of people who do not use web services. Where possible though, talking face to face, even online, can make a big difference. Using FaceTime, Skype, Facebook and WhatsApp video calls you can connect, pastorally, with those who need face-to-face connection during this time, especially for those vulnerable or at risk from COVID-19, those living alone, those in isolation or who have self-isolated.
You only need a smartphone or a computer to make this possible, without cost and without leaving your home.
— Robert Springett (@bptewkesbury) March 29, 2020
Great turn out for our first Pajama prayer- 10 mins every morning Monday- Thursday. Live on zoom and Instagram. All welcome to join whatever you believe- wherever you are in the world! @GlosDioc @churchofengland https://t.co/RIWTjyZNb2
— Sarah McDonald Haden (@sarahfmcdonald) March 18, 2020
Whilst we understand there is justifiable concern at this time, we want to remember the good things we do have. What are you grateful for today? We would love to hear your responses. Here is Hanna's response. #grateful #HoldingOnToTheGoodThings pic.twitter.com/hWVBVtQxFz
— Youth for Christ Gloucestershire (@YFCGlos) March 23, 2020
We are calling on schools across the UK to join our #hymnflashmob: virtual musical gifts with messages of support for the isolated, ill, elderly, or lonely.
Record your favourite hymn or ‘Will your anchor hold?’ & use the hashtag.
— St Paul’s Cathedral (@StPaulsLondon) March 17, 2020
We’re now live streaming Morning Prayer at 9am and Night Prayer at 9pm via Facebook. https://t.co/U8Vpk7EcJH You can also watch and pray along afterwards by visiting our new online services page: https://t.co/QxCitZzTtb pic.twitter.com/KZSJZgjUjM
— Pipandjims (@pipandjims) March 17, 2020
— The Diocese of Gloucester (@GlosDioc) March 17, 2020