For more information on livestreaming visit the Great Plains Facebook page.
The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts (The Fellowship) has launched a crowdsourced pandemic response worship resourcing page. It contains information and resources for worship leaders who are rapidly adapting to offering worship experiences online. New ideas are being posted every day by the creative worship leaders of the UMC.
Perkins School of Theology: "Advice on preaching to an empty room"
The Rev. Alyce McKenzie, director of the Center for Preaching Excellence at Perkins School of Theology, shares tips for pastors who in this period of coronavirus are giving online-only sermons. Read blog post.
The Rev. Dr. Jane Florence, senior pastor at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Lincoln, shares with her congregation ways they can create a holy space at home for their online worship experience. While the message is for this particular church, the concepts can be used regardless of the size or location of your physical church building or congregation. View the video.
Worship consultant Dr. Marcia McFee shares some ideas for engaging viewers in a livestream worship situation where there is no congregation present in the physical space. View the video.
The Rev. Will Rice, an elder in the Rio Texas Conference, offers five suggestions on how to help viewers feel welcome when they visit you for worship online. Read the article on https://pastorwill.net.
To steer clear of a need for copyright licensing or streaming licenses, you will have to use exclusively royalty-free music. And that means you must stick to music considered to be "public domain." This story from United Methodist News Service tells you how to find public domain music.
Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. and the Appointive Cabinet have developed guidelines for celebrating communion online. Learn more on our page dedicated to this sacrament.
In many ways, the coronavirus is forcing churches to embrace technology to share the Good News of Jesus Christ in ways that we probably should have been using for quite some time. Todd Seifert, conference communications director, provided some tips about equipment and licensing of copyright materials during a Facebook Live session.
If you are going to stream or record your worship service with any music included, you must have the following:
The Great Plains Conference is offering a limited number of matching grants, up to $500, to churches for the purchase of basic equipment for streaming or recording their worship services.
Here are some suggestions for equipment purchases:
Standard Kit — Includes a Panasonic camcorder that uses a micro-HDMI cable to connect to a computer for streaming.
Lower-cost Kit — Includes a Canon camcorder that uses a mini-HDMI cable to connect to a computer for streaming.
Microphones for iPads and iPhones — VideoMic Me may provide you with the final piece you need to be able to stream or record sermons.
You'll may need a laptop or other computer either to connect to the internet or on which to edit your video. In come circumstances, your phone or tablet can work as long as you can keep them at eye level (nobody wants to see up your nose, for example) and within about 3 feet of your mouth. An external microphone that works with your phone or tablet is preferred in those circumstances.
Whether you livestream a worship service or record it and post it after the fact really depends on equipment, your internet connection, aptitude and expense.
The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts (The Fellowship) has launched a crowdsourced Pandemic Response Worship Resourcing page on its website. It’s got information and resources for worship leaders who are rapidly adapting to offering worship experiences online. It’s a dynamic resource, with new ideas being posted every day by the creative worship leaders of the UMC.