Church and Coronavirus
Since churches (or most, anyway) have closed, has your church gone online?
I want to EDIT to say i’m sure you all are doing this but please pray for our ministers especially the pastors of small congregations. I am hoping that especially tithing will not decline and that we continue to support them.
I have been posting audio sermons for a number of years. Video is a challenge right now to ramp up getting a handle on technology. We are a small congregation with many in the at-risk age group. This coming Wednesday I am going to Skype our Prayer meeting and plan on trying it for Sunday. In the meantime we’re ramping up on other forms of live streaming. We don’t have a techy person so we’re left to figure things out. We’ll make it. We’re going to be doing Board meetings with Skype. What a journey.
The biggest issue with online for churches is the audio, the nxt is poor lighting, followed by poor video quality (which is hard to do with a stand and most video cams) BUT I’ve seen it before, although I’d certainly recommend getting a quality dedicated cam. Poor audio equals bad video. Great audio is the start to good video. NEVER hold a camera…buy an external quality mic…NEVER send the camera an audio feed without monitoring it, ideally outside the room. Online is a great opportunity to reach people beyond the walls of the church BUT don’t give them a reason to turn it off because of poor quality before hearing the message.
While we haven’t regularly been putting our messages or services online via video, we’ve been online with a message podcast and regularly building our audience with regular video messages short and long plus special testimony & interview messages that we created which have been shared over the past couple years to create a following beyond our church. Last Sunday’s 13 minute video message was clicked and shared over 2000 times, when our annual attendance was about 360 last year.
I can watch mass streaming online. Problem was we were streaming the Sat. night mass 1/2 hour before Sunday mass then at the point of Sunday mass, it switched over. We luckily had seen all the liturgy of the Word so it worked out. We will check out our timing better next week. I enjoy watching and participate although it is odd that I am the only one responding. DH has a harder time watching because it is not live and we are not in church.
Thank you SOA for the EDIT in thinking about those of us who minister in small churches. We did a Skype prayer meeting this past Wednesday, which worked out pretty well for our first time. Did it that way to provide interaction (learned pretty quickly to mute unless speaking to avoid too much background noise). This Sunday will be our first attempt on FB. We don’t have a techy person per se in our congregation so I’ve had to ramp up with a big learning curve through us. It has been our intention for a couple years to do this and now here we are. There will be growing pains through it, but we’ll learn a lot. Trying to get our arms/heads around the whole adding music thing, but not there.
Thanks to about remembering offerings. We still have bills to pay and missionaries who rely on our support. More folks are using our online giving feature, others are sending through the mail so while the offerings the past two Sundays have been down, people are still giving. Grateful that God knows the needs.
On a positive note, this is a great opportunity for the church to be the hands, feet, and voice of Christ. With more churches going online, more opportunity to spread the gospel. All the glory to God.
ROTFLOL–at least 2/3-3/4 of our congregation is over 70, many near or over 80. Out of our average 85-90 per Sunday, I’m guessing maybe 20 would have the technology and know-how to take advantage of it if we did. (Not that that will stop anyone if someone decides it would be a great idea…) Personally, I hope we don’t; my DH would likely be the one called upon to make it happen. MID POST EDIT: Laughing even harder–I have been interrupted LITERALLY in the middle of typing this to take a phone call from DH (who was just at church to pick up steak we had to sell off from a cancelled steak supper) to say the pastor wants to try it for next week!
I’m truly not trying to be a negative Nellie, but this is going to be hilarious, and I fear, fairly pointless. But I recognize we ought to try. Maybe we’ll pick up some people who are too afraid to come through the door but will click on a live feed.
We already do post our sermons (after the fact) to the church website every week.