Throughout these changing times we are sending out a weekly, short Connect newsletter to keep people up to date with the latest guidance. Sign up to receive it on our Newsletters’ page.
Facebook communicators group
A Facebook Digital Communicators’ group has been set up for parishes to talk about all things digital comms during these changing times. It is a space for asking questions about new ways to communicate within your parish, for sharing things you have learnt that others may benefit from and a place to you try new things, such as Facebook Live.
There are various apps and tools online to help you do this, including Facetime, Skype and Microsoft Teams. Zoom is also used widely and Coventry Diocese have produced a helpful guide on Zoom you can download below. There is also a Bath and Wells guide to screen sharing which may be helpful when you wish to share resources when you are streaming services, such as including the latest bishop’s reflection.
Church of England Digital Labs webinars
If you would like to improve your church’s digital skills to help keep your church connected during this time of social distancing foryou can register for one of the digital team’s webinars.
- Receiving online donations
- Five ways to keep your church connected
- Livestream question and answer session
- Make the most of your church near you page
- Youth and young people: keeping connected
- Introduction to Instagram for churches
- Facebook pages for churches
- Paid advertising: boosting a Facebook post
- Facebook groups: keeping a church connected
Digital communication can be really useful in these challenging times, but it’s not for everyone so don’t underestimate the value of picking up the telephone. The following telephone services may also be helpful to you:
- Church of England free dial-in worship phoneline
- Representatives of the different faith communities in the Avon and Somerset police area have set up a dedicated phoneline offering 1-2-1 chaplaincy
- You can also set up your own Dial a Sermon telephone service for your own parishioners who may value it. Bryony Taylor, Rector of Barlborough and Clowne in Derby Diocese has written a great guide for setting one up. (Thanks to Revd Matthew Street of Midsomer Norton Deanery who shared this with us).
I’d agree. Tears shed and joys shared. New patterns of prayer found, friendships formed. Phoned a curate, got a wrong number but discovered I’d confirmed the stranger on the phone so had a great conversation anyway! https://t.co/3QzgXl9uI8
— Ruth Worsley (@Tauntonbish) March 27, 2020
Inspiration from around Bath and Wells
While we are not able to live stream from church buildings at the moment, people are sharing worship in a range of ways using digital media.
- Wells Cathedral’s Sunday Eucharist is at 10am every week and is sharing activities for children and music regularly on its social media channels. Visit their new look website to find out all that they are doing while the building is closed during the Coronavirus pandemic.
- Frome St John the Baptist has shared a video on their Twitter feed for their parishioners which clearly explains what they can expect their church at the moment.
- Revd Tim Treanor, Rector at Wellington Team, has started a daily podcast, using iKnow Church and accessible via their website.
- The ministry team at Bath Abbey is sharing a daily message on the Bath Abbey YouTube channel.
- St John’s Yeovil is livestreaming a simple act of worship at 10.30am on Sundays in line with latest guidance.
Know of more? Please email the communications team and we’ll add them to the list.