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Most astonishing of all, plenty of churches report very large numbers of people joining their streamed services… Even when we do return to the sacred beautiful space of our church buildings … it is not one thing or the other. It is not a building or online. We want to do both."
Stephen Cottrell Archbishop of York Designate in the Daily Telegraph on Tuesday 12 May 2020
Over half the benefices across our Diocese responded to a
recent survey, with the vast majority offering online worship and other
provision. Many churches have been amazed at the opportunities to reach new
people online, and the majority intend to continue online worship after
We’re keen to support this remarkable mission opportunity
while recognising the capacity challenges it brings, especially when public
worship resumes. Outlined below are two resource documents for any church to
use, webinars to sign up to and links to help across specific areas which we
will continue to update.
Everybody Welcome to
the Future is about embracing an exciting future. Bob Jackson believes the church has a once in a lifetime
growth opportunity through those who are connecting online. He suggests how to
welcome people into church and faith today, and how to plan for a mixed
in-person-online church future which can be found here.
Talking about the E
word in a time of lockdown: Leading Your Church into Growth have created 7
very practical suggestions about online evangelism which can be found here. LYCiG have also produced a new "7 step" programme for growing your church.
You can listen to an interview with Bob Jackson and Harry
Steele about the resources in episodes 4 and 5 of our new podcast The Other Side of the Boat
Alpha has reached a lot of new people online
during the last six months. Why not see if it works in your parish?
What are the options for livestreaming? What is
it going to cost and how good does it need to be? Here are some helpful tips to
improve or begin your livestreaming from a church building, plus, some FAQs that some churches have had about livestreaming
Online church can be a wonderful opportunity for
reaching people and sustaining our communities. However, it can also become
tiresome for all involved. Nevertheless, it still has lots of uses. How can we
reignite the spark as things change?
preaching online can feel like a weird experience, it might even feel like
you’re missing a key element of what it means to connect with your audience.
However, part of this is about adapting style.Here are some tips on how to
engage your listeners and viewers.
Social media is here to stay. Whether it is for connecting with an
existing community or engaging new people, this is part of our lockdown
learning as a church that we need to keep exploring. Here is a good place to
the key questions we get asked often regarding online church is: how do we do
in-person and keep up the reach we’ve had online? Is livestreaming the only
If you’ve been engaging with people you hadn’t before lockdown, you may be
wondering how to grow this given all the other challenges you’re facing. Or you
may even be considering how you might gather this new community. If you’re
wanting support, even just a sounding board to figure out where to go next,
They have resources and funding for those wanting to lead new communities that
are reaching younger adults.
Links to practical help in specific areas
- Getting online
- Using the offering during Online Worship
- Children and Youth
- Equipment and faculties: Whilst
some permissions are required for the introduction of the necessary equipment
for recording/live streaming your Services much of it is covered under List A
or List B, depending upon the nature of your building. If your church already
has a telephone line the introduction of a wi-fi router falls within List A, as
does the use of audio-visual equipment that is portable. The permanent fixing
of audio-visual equipment will require a faculty, unless your building is
unlisted in which case it is a List B item. The introduction of a telephone
line will require a faculty. If you have further questions, please contact the DAC
Secretary, Catherine Copp, or the Church Buildings Adviser, Keith Halliday, or
- Diocese of York directory of live-streaming
- National Church 'learning labs'