Eve Powers, the Digital Communications Officer at the Diocese of Manchester has created this brilliant short 'how to’ video on making good quality videos for churches. Even if you’re not making a video you’ll still enjoy watching this
A new departure for us that may work for some churches with heritage buildings is to produce an 'online tour' - not a dusty history/architecture leaflet but a 'pilgrimage' which includes appreciations from members of the congregation. I am hoping this will keep regulars in touch with their building even though they cannot access it but also act as a longer-term resource for potential visitors and educational trips. Initial uptake of episode one implies it is fulfilling this first need. More in production...
Ben told us that from an online point of view, here is a list of a load of things that they have been trying to do and have found successful (in no particular order):
Great idea from our curate at my home church. Some elderly people have no laptop or smartphone. The only way to access morning prayer and home group was through phoning into Zoom. He has asked members for old smartphones. He has then put on the relevant software, the church will pay for a monthly sim (some recipients may give a donation) then they can access Zoom and the weekly online service.
It is possible to set Zoom up so people can access it by telephone only (for those without the internet) if you have a Zoom account. But beware of costs. It is possible to ensure that it is a local number but make sure you do that otherwise people will have huge phone bills. Some churches make their services available for people to phone in for the audio version. Here are two comments we have received:
There is also a dial out service available: The Parish of East Leightonstone Blog
Other churches make the service available on DVD or CD for those with no internet.
Note there are plenty of go-to-guides for dial-a-service - see especially Revd Bryony Taylor's blog, or PaulFP's video on this subject. See also, John Truscott's Speaking To Camera Tips.
Lots of churches are asking people to contribute to the services. Here are some tips from 5-year-old Lexi about how to go about making self-tapes.
One query we had was about YouTube’s ‘Made for Kids’ designation. One church felt that because they had a couple of slots in their service designed to appeal to younger ones (which also delights the older audience) they needed to designate the service as ‘Made for Kids’. But this turned off any comments which made any live engagement with the congregation impossible, even if they ‘premiered’ the service. They felt uncomfortable about not designating it as made for kids. The advice we received is as follows:
When YouTube say ‘Made For Kids’ it's quite subtle what they mean:
There is a separate App to the standard YouTube app called ‘YouTube Kids’ that will feature only videos that are listed as ‘Made For Kids’. So if you have your Sunday meeting including both kids work and the adult meeting, don’t list it as ‘Made For Kids’. It is possible, if you wish, to take the kids element of church and upload it to YouTube as a separate video and mark that as ‘Made For Kids’.
Here's a video explaining what "Made for Kids" means.