ALTERNATIVES, HOME DEVOTIONS & OTHER CREATIVE IDEAS

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS DAY OF PRAYER - JUNE 21

Special litanies, orders of service, specific prayers using the colours of the medicine wheel, video, slide show and more.    NIDP - Anglican Church of Canada

 

INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES RESOURCES – ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA

A variety of listings including: A Covenant and our Journey of Spiritual Renewal, A Disciples Prayer Book, A Litany for the Healing and Restoration of our Church, Gospel-Based Discipleship, New Agape Project, Our Story of Self-Determination, Sacred Circle Videos, and more!   Indigenous Ministries - Anglican Church of Canada

 

INDIGENOUS DAY OF PRAYER – UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA

Includes worship ideas, prayers, stories, etc.   Indigenous Day - United Ch. of Canada

 

INDIGENOUS RIGHTS Resources

From KAIROS Canada.    Kairos - Indigenous Rights

 

CELEBRATION: A SERVICE OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

ELCA American Indian/Alaska Native Lutheran Association Liturgy.   ELCA - Indigenous People Celebration service

 

WORSHIP RESOURCES FOR NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

Includes order of service, prayers, verses and sermon starters, songs and litanies. From Christian Reformed Church in North America.    Native American Heritage Month resources

 

NATIVE AMERICAN/ALASKA NATIVE AND NATIVE HAWAIIAN LITURGIES

Prepared for the 76th General Convention of the Episcopal Church - July 2009. Liturgy sampler.    Native American Liturgy - Episcopal Church

 

PRIDE RESOURCES

 LGBTQ PRIDE LITURGY - Saint Mary's Episcopal Church, Saint Paul, MN 

Includes Collect, Prayers of the People, Eucharistic Prayer and Prayer After Communion.   LGBTQ PRIDE Liturgy

 

PRIDE SUNDAY - United Church of Canada

Features worship resources, music and other materials.   PRIDE Sunday - UCC

 

LGBTQ WORSHIP RESOURCES -                                The Religious Institute

This multi-faith organization offers worship resources to assist clergy in speaking out in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens and young adults.   LGBTQ WORSHIP - Religious Inst.

Children, Family & Multi-Generation Ideas

WORSHIPPING WITH CHILDREN

There are posts for each Sunday of the lectionary year and many of the Holy Days that do not fall on Sundays. Includes simple orders of worship, activities, printables, links and more. We are in Lectionary Year B.  Worshiping with Children

 

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.  Together for a Meal link

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/

iMovie - editing software for macOS, iOS devices (Apple) -iMovie 

 

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

 

A FRAMEWORK FOR INTERGENERATIONAL WORSHIP

Practical tips, ideas and an outline for Family Worship Online. Published by Building Faith, a ministry of Virginia Theological Seminary. Authors are: The Rev. Miranda Hassett and Sarah Bentley Allred, from the Episcopal Church.   Framework for Intergenerational Worship

WORSHIP MUSIC
OPTIONS FOR ENGAGING MUSICIANS, SINGERS & PRIVATE WORSHIP

 

DOWNLOADABLE VIDEOS FOR ONLINE CHURCH

Free-for-use downloadable music videos on the EmuMusic website. Be sure to show the copyright details provided. EmuMusic - Video Music

 

GOCHATTERVIDEOS.COM

GoChatter Videos has music video resources for churches to use in their online worship. There are a number of children's music resources too.   GoChatterVideos.com

 

CHET VALLEY CHURCHES YOUTUBE

The channel of the Chet Valley Churches in South Norfolk, UK. Lots of congregation-friendly videos of hymns and songs, free to use. Chet Valley Churches YouTube

 

CRAIG DOWNES YouTube

Craig Downes Pastor, Ordained Baptist Minister and ex Opera Singer offers these free music videos. Craig Downes YouTube

 

EVERINGHAM MUSIC YouTube

Hymns recorded by Ruth and Joy Everingham for use in public worship. These hymns are mainly from the Singing the Faith Methodist Hymnbook. No permissions needed for use in worship. Everingham Music YouTube

 

NEW IDEAS FOR MUSIC-MAKING

A variety of options for expressing music from The Hymn Society. Includes ideas for percussion and other instruments, American Sign Langage, hand expressions, etc.    Music-making ideas - The Hymn Society

 

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