Communication support: digital and traditional

Connect

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.

Streaming services

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 for Coronavirus you can register for one of the Church of England’s digital team’s webinars.

Telephone church

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:

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.

Keep your local radio station up to date
Local radio stations will have up to date information on the things happening in your area. Many have faith programmes. Remember to keep them informed of any support groups or initiatives you’ve organised.

  • BBC Somerset 95.5 FM
  • The Breeze (Sedgemoor district, Bridgwater and West Somerset)
  • The Breeze (Yeovil & South Somerset)
  • Tone FM 107.8 FM
  • Frome FM 96.6 FM
  • GFM 107.1 FM -Glastonbury, Street, Wells & surrounding areas
  • KTCR Keynsham Town Community Radio 97.5 FM Faithtime 9am Sunday repeated on Wednesdays
  • Somer Valley FM 97.5 FM Faithtime 9am Sundays
  • 10 Radio 105.3FM (for the Ten Parishes of Ashbrittle, Bathealton, Brompton Ralph, Chipstable, Clatworthy, Fitzhead, Huish Champflower, Milverton, Stawley and Wiveliscombe.) Faith programme Sunday morning at 10am (repeated 11 on Weds.)
  • Apple FM 97.3 (Taunton)
  • West Somerset Radio
  • Sedgmore FM 104.2 FM

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