Coronavirus thoughts & ideas
Sorry to bother you again, but as we continue to explore the new landscape that we face we seem to be in a period of experimentation and challenge. Thus I have collated a number of thoughts/ ideas that may be of interest/ help to you.
Firstly, before we continue with ideas that are largely focused upon those who are reasonably tech-savvy, a question: how are you attempting to enable meaningful connection with those who are not? I would be interested to know what you are doing.
A Great Online Tool for communicating in groups. Only yesterday I stepped into brave new world of video conferencing via ZOOM (https://zoom.us/). Having resisted the SKYPE type of things for several years, I finally plucked up the courage and had a session with the CBA team, and lo and behold It was not too hard to set up and seemed to work really well!! Definitely worth a look in terms of online Home Groups/ prayer groups and to simply have conversations once folk are stuck in their homes. See here for more info from Simon Goddard https://tinyurl.com/wlbdtos
A Question re giving: One of the concerns that some have expressed to me as a result of the new realities we face, is that there may be little opportunity to give (the collection). Now, many will give through direct debits, but the traditional offering may still bring in much-needed finance. I wonder if this is a concern for you? No doubt people are being encouraged to shift to direct debit, but perhaps there are other means? One option that was recommended to me from one minister is church suite. Their app enables Text giving as well as online giving. I haven’t been able to test it out but it may be worth a look. https://support.churchsuite.com/article/114-accepting-online-donations There will of course be a number of products out there, so if you can recommend something please do let me know.
Some ‘daily’ messages on FaceBook (you will have to have signed up to FB). There are a number of online messages to help us cope with our confinement that are beginning to emerge. Here are examples from some of our own.
- Alice McDermott: thoughts for the day https://tinyurl.com/w6pb7uf
- Paul Lavender: morning prayer https://www.facebook.com/paultheorgan
- Jon Bishop: Compline https://www.facebook.com/therevbishop
More Sunday Worship options
- Andrew Wingfield Union BC High Wycombe: We will have an online service on Sunday at https://www.unionbaptist.org.uk/restricted-contact-worship/ This page currently has limited resources but will have a service on Sunday made up of different video clips
- Steve Moody Stopsley BC Luton will be placing a weekly digest on our website including teaching, PowerPoint, children’s resources, worship playlist and in time chat http://www.hopechurch.co.uk/online/
- Mark Duggan, Park Road BC, Rushden https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNzEHc8M9FOLX3MR6UzjelQ We will posting a typical service (songs childrens talk, prayers, sermon) minus the congregation. We are intending to post a short mid week encouragement talk as well.
- Hertford Baptist will broadcast on Facebook Live each Sunday at 10.30am and 6.30pm for 30minutes at https://www.facebook.com/hertfordbaptistchurch/ Also on our site is a link to a fb group where we’ll try an online Alpha course each week from Wednesday 25th, 8pm-9pm. Sermons will appear on our church website as normal, along with other resources for prayer and study. Ad hoc videos through the week via our fb page.
Children: A resource from Stephen Walker-Williams (Gold Hill & Hope Church) “A few years ago we published this ideas pack for families (mainly with young kids) to do at home. Although it is summer focused many of the ideas may be of help in the coming months now schools are closed. " https://tinyurl.com/rmzt4o2
Thoughts & prayers continue to be with you all during this challenging timeColin Pye