Broadcasting live services
We will livestream various services from across the diocese, you can view these services live on Facebook.
We invite everyone to join us to pray daily.
A full listing of over 130 streamed services is downloadable here. This document was uploaded Monday 11 May and will be updated regularly.
You can also see each individual day's schedule here:
If your services are not included please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily prayer can be accessed via the Church of England smart speaker apps such as Alexa.
The Church of England has put together prayer and liturgy resources for home use please click here.
Looking for creative ideas for online church:
If you would like ideas about how to get established to offer online church please visit our 'creative church' page here.
Looking for advice for schools:
Please be assured of our support to our church schools across the diocese in these extraordinary times please visit our schools resources page.
Morning Prayer Thursday May 21 2020 Ascension Day Readings: Psalms110,150; Isaiah 52:7-15; Hebrews 11:7-28
Morning Prayer Wednesday in Easter Season May 20 2020 Alcuin of York Readings: Psalms 132,133; Numbers 17:1-11; Luke 7:1-
Morning Prayer Tuesday in Easter Season May 19 2020 St Adu Stan Readings: Psalms 124,125,126,127; Numbers 16:36-end; Luke 6:39-end
Monday in Easter Season May 18 2020 Rogation Day Readings: Psalms 65,67; Numbers 16:1-35; Luke 6:27-38
Morning Prayer Saturday in Easter Season May 16 2020 Caroline Chisholm Readings: Psalm 146, 150; Numbers 14:26-end; Luke 6:12-26
Morning Prayer Friday May 15 2020
Morning Prayer Thursday May 14 2020
Would you like to try streaming a service?
We already have over 130 services being live streamed or available by conference call. If technology is not your forte please do not pressure yourself to have a go, but instead log into some of the fantastic services already available.
If you do still want to try, visit the national Church of England blog on live streaming services here. The Church of England team are offering a selection of webinars for details please visit their page here.
If you would like to try your hand at telephone conferencing or video conferencing please read our How to? guide which includes details on safeguarding and key security information.
Many churches moving online have been blessed with a growing number of people engaging with their offerings. By their presence, these people are showing an interest in the church. It is challenging to adapt our methods to the digital world, but some ideas and suggestions are emerging, all rooted in our usual relational approach.
Be welcoming - some churches are forming a group of people who can welcome online vistors and follow them up afterwards.
Be authentic - many people are choosing to engage with their local churches, or churches where they have a connection, not the slickest online services.
Be encouraging - try asking people questions they can comment on during a video or post an online poll. Facebook offers an easy messaging service asking new visitors to like and follow your page and make sure you answer comments! One church asked families to build an Easter garden to show at the service the following Sunday.
Be invitational: a common message is how much easier it is to invite to an online service or event. Ask people to invite others. This is a great way to deepen engagement.
People are experimenting with many things - could you try any of these ideas?
- Informal Zoom gatherings where people can chat immediately after a service.
- Pub quizzes by Zoom.
- Weekly music or nursery rhyme sessions for young families.
- Online Christian basics courses, e.g. Alpha, Christianity Explored, Start.
- Shorter, simpler and more regular spiritual offerings to complement the services.
- Online bible study sessions.
- Zoom get-togethers for young people, e.g. Pizza and Prayer online for young people in South Hartismere.
Understanding your Analytics
Facebook says that 1000 people have seen my video…or have they? Do check the ‘Insights’ on social media platforms. They will let you know how long people have viewed your video for, whether they have the sound on! Find out where they are located, demographics breakdown and when is the best time to post your information to reach the most people. Look at engagement figures as well as just reach or impressions as these tell you more about whether people are staying long enough to like and comment on posts, share information and properly engage in your post.
An easy way to reach new audiences is to ‘boost’ your posts. Choosing simple metrics such as geographic area, key words and demographics you could reach an entirely new audience – just set your budget and stick to it – this is low cost so a couple of pounds a post could be effective.
Remember to advertise your online services and other activities on A Church Near You.
For a Social Media basic guide download this How to? on Social Media.