RESOURCES FOR ONLINE WORSHIP
If you are considering a livestream of your worship service or other alternative ways of using technology to meet people where they are, remember that personal connections, the connections that are made from an individual to an individual, are important. How can you create communities within your community to maintain personal relationships? How can you shift meetings, worship services, or youth events from in-person gatherings to virtual experiences? Below are some resources from digital leaders in our Church. Remember that when livestreaming worship, it is illegal to play or sing choral music, hymns and other music with out a podcasting license. ONE LICENSE is offering free licenses through April 15 to help church communities worship while their public worship services are canceled. (see resource below).
We will continue to add helpful resources for worship in this time of pandemic.
Worship is largely about connecting to God and to one another. When it comes to connecting with people in meaningful ways, there is no one right solution. Consider both your regular attenders and your mission field of people in your neighborhood and city who are looking for ways to connect with your church. Now may be an excellent time to experiment with new technology in order to provide important connections to people who are homebound or have self-quarantined.
Sarah Stonesifer Boylan is the digital missioner and learning lab coordinator at Virginia Theological Seminary. She also serves on the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church. “In light of lots of different conversations this week: I want to share some thoughts on worshipping online. It’s a quick 5-minute video that will set us up for more discussion. Wanna talk about the video? I’m open to it!” Digital Ministry office hours are Fridays 12:00-1:00 PM and Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 PM, EST. Register here: bit.ly/digitalministrymeeting
Fr. Lorenzo Lebrija is the founding director of the TryTank, the experimental Lab for church growth and innovation. He is responsible for the entire process of development and implementation of experiments for innovation in the church.
As the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak continues to unfold, ONE LICENSE—together with hundreds of our Member Publishers—is honored to assist worshipping communities worldwide during this extraordinary time. We are able to provide two different gratis license options valid through April 15, 2020.
Many churches use YouTube to livestream. It’s a great option. This article from the Church of England helps you get started with YouTube, as well as Facebook and Instagram, for livestreaming. Using live video can be part of a church strategy that aims to cater to the different people in the community. Whether for work, health or family reasons, people around us have different needs and responsibilities that mean attending a service or event on a set day, or at a particular location, is not always possible. Live video enables us to take Church to them – wherever they are – and can help us build a relationship with those we may otherwise have never met.