ALTERNATIVE WORSHIP IDEAS
SOME OPTIONS FOR LIVE WORSHIP & FAITH GATHERINGS:

 

How to Livestream Your Church Service in 4 Easy Steps

Facebook Live - Using a cellphone and a tripod. (From The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego)   Livestream in 4 Easy Steps

  

Worship Gatherings Via Zoom
Sign up for a basic free account. Host a meeting for 40 minutes for up to 100 participants. Zoom allows you to see other participants in addition to the presider. Others may lead parts of the worship like readings, prayers, hymns, etc. Participants may join a Zoom meeting either using their web-based platform, or by downloading the Zoom software. Those without access to high speed internet may call in using a cell or landline phone. Those calling in will only have audio, so worship planners and leaders should be mindful of that. The two links below are for Zoom Sign-Up and for the Getting Started page.

Zoom - Sign-up Page

Zoom - Getting Started

 

FACEBOOK LIVE - A Video Primer and PDF Guide

The Rev. Greg Johnston of St. Anne’s-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Lincoln, MA has created a useful video primer as well as a PDF guide to Facebook Live for churches. Links below are to a YouTube tutorial for churches and a 6-page step-by-step instruction guide. 

YouTube - Video Primer

How to Live-Stream Church - pdf

 

HOW TO RECORD YOURSELF FOR YOUTUBE

Grant Vissers’ 36 minute video to share the "how" and a bit of the "why" of recording video for your ministry.   How to Record for YouTube 

 

HOW TO HOST A ZOOM MEETING

Zoom Meetings - Best Practices, a teaching video sponsored by Lifelong Learning, Virginia Theological Seminary. Hosted by Sarah Stonesifer and Chris Decatur.   Zoom Meetings - Best Practices

 

OTHER WEB PLATFORMS

Skype - https://www.skype.com/en/ 

Google Hangouts - https://hangouts.google.com/

GoToMeeting - https://www.gotomeeting.com/en-ca

SoundCloud - record AUDIO messages, music for free -https://soundcloud.com/

 

INVITE WELCOME CONNECT IN VIRTUAL CHURCH

How can we get parishioners and others to engage beyond being just spectators? In this Episcopal Church Foundation Vital Practices article by Greg Syler, examine the some of the straightforward, helpful principles of Invite Welcome Connect.   Invite Welcome Connect - EFC

 

RESOURCES FOR COMMUNITIES – ONLINE

A webpage chocked with helps related to online worship best practices. This is from eFormation, supported by Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary.   https://eformationvts.org/community-online/

 

HOW TO LIVE-STREAM WORSHIP WITH KIDS

Participating in live-streamed worship with children can be tricky; watching worship on a screen is far less engaging than worshiping in person. Here are a few tips to help you get started. By Rachel Doboney Benton on the Building Faith page, Virginia Theological Seminary.   https://buildfaith.org/how-to-live-stream-worship-with-kids/

ONLINE WORSHIP
LECTIONARY, ORDERS OF SERVICE & IDEAS FOR PRIVATE WORSHIP

 

Liturgical Texts Online

The Anglican Church of Canada's page for Book of Common Prayer, The Book of Alternative Services, and a whole variety of Collects, Morning and Evening services, etc. 

https://www.anglican.ca/about/liturgicaltexts/

 

 

Online Lectionary - Daily 
Bible readings for each day for the BAS and BCP, from the Anglican Church of Canada’s adaptation of the Revised Common Lectionary. 

https://lectionary.anglican.ca/

 

 

Online Lectionary - Sundays

From Vanderbilt Divinity Library, a division of the Jean and Alexander Heard Library.

https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/

 

 

Faith@Home Daily

Lectionary-based readings and reflections by Forma and Forward Movement. Read, pray, watch, listen, and activities to do.

https://www.dofaithathome.org/

 

 

COVID-19 LITURGY AND PRAYER RESOURCES - CofE

Includes prayers about the outbreak, prayers with children and worship at home. From the Church of England.  https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-liturgy-and-prayer-resources

 

 

PRAYERS FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY COVID-19

Prayers written or adapted by chaplains from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in response to the Covid-19 crisis. This is a 22-page pdf.  COVID-19 Prayers - Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Chaplains

 

 

LIVE-STREAM WORSHIP - Anglican Churches Across Canada

Socially-, yet never spiritually-distanced site, by General Synod Communications. Livestream videos and recordings from the weekend, along with a list of upcoming live worship times you can join. Socially Yet Never Spiritually Distanced

 

ALTERNATIVES FOR HOLY WEEK
HOME DEVOTIONS & OTHER CREATIVE IDEAS

 

HOLY WEEK, EASTER - BUILDING FAITH

A variety of seasonal activities for at home worship, including Maundy Thursday at home, Easter in a Box, Children’s Agape Meal Liturgy and more. From Building Faith, Virginia Theological Seminary.   https://buildfaith.org/holy-week/

 

 

TOGETHER FOR A MEAL

A mealtime liturgy for a family or small group, written by Kat Olson, a Religion PhD student at Vanderbilt University. Includes specific options for children. While this liturgy is in no way a sacrament, it mimics the patterns and themes as we gather around a table together.   http://katolson.com/2020/03/19/together-for-a-meal/

AT HOME TRIDUUM – Barefoottheology.com

All services have been written for a small at home gathering without clergy. They can be prayed by an individual or all members of the household. All are flexible and should be adapted to meet your needs.    At Home Tridumm

WORSHIP MUSIC
OPTIONS FOR ENGAGING MUSICIANS, SINGERS & PRIVATE WORSHIP

 

THE SMALL CHURCH MUSIC SITE

Rev. Clyde McLennan, a trained pipe organist, offers free recordings suitable for congregational singing. All files  in MP3 format. Also includes piano and piano with organ versions. There are links to Home/Music, Alphabetical song lists, also by meter and tune name.   https://hymnary.org/hymnal/scm