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

ALTERNATIVES FOR ADVENT/CHRISTMAS/EPIPHANY
HOME DEVOTIONS & OTHER CREATIVE IDEAS

 

ADVENT CALENDAR IN A CAN 

Here’s a YouTube video featuring an engaging idea from Maxine Simpkin and Megan Sheen in the Parish of St. John the Evangelist, Middle Sackville.  Advent Calendar in a Can

 

CHRISTMAS CANDLE LIGHTING LITURGY

A simple, engaging liturgy that may be hosted online or in person. It tells the Christmas story using candles representing characters in the Nativity narrative. From the United Methodist Church.

Candle Service - Christmas - Discipleship Resources

 

20 CREATIVE WAYS TO CELEBRATE ADVENT IN 2020

A whole variety of website, food-related, community service, worship, creative time and social ideas. Posted by Katie Rains in Worship Times.org.  (RECOMMENDED!)   20-Creative Advent Ideas - 2020

 

UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA ADVENT IDEAS

Creative worship plans, seasonal prayers, music and other festive alternatives.   Seasonal Resources for Advent & Christmas

 

ADVENT CONSPIRACY

Advent Conspiracy is founded on the radical idea that we can celebrate Christmas humbly, beautifully, and generously. Worship Fully: Christmas begins and ends with Jesus. Spend Less: Free up your resources to support things that truly matter. Give More: Give more intentionally and relationally. Love All: Radically love others like Jesus did. Advent Conspiracy

 

ADVENT ONLINE       

A library of Advent online resources for individual Christians and churches. Searchable categories include: music, art, biblical, tradition, prayer, videos, audio, image, text and reflection.  Advent Online Library

ALSO, Advent Calendar on themes of Hope, Peace, Love and Joy with several shareable ideas for every day of Advent!    Advent Calendar Daily Ideas to Share

Advent On-line on Facebook - Access the shareable 'Advent Calendar' content for your congregations. Advent Online - Facebook page  

 

CHURCH, CHRISTMAS AND COVID

Private Facebook group (you need to request to join) with lots of creative, ready-to-use ideas for Advent & Christmas. Church, Christmas & Covid Facebook Group

 

ANTICIPATING THE COMING KING IN A CHANGING REALITY - 2020 Advent Reader

Daily emails and online articles from Canadian writers, reflecting on the Canadian Soul, as we engage Advent during this year filled with changing realities. Published by The New Leaf Network, a collaborative missional organization that supports and equips church planters, spiritual entrepreneurs and missional practitioners in post-Christian Canada.   2020 Advent Reader - New Leaf Network

 

FREE ADVENT PRAYER CALENDAR - PRISON FELLOWSHIP CANADA

PFC has created a daily prayer journey throughout the Advent season, along with some activities for your children. We invite you and your family to “remember those who are in prison” (Hebrews 13:3) by praying with us for prisoners, former prisoners and their families.   Advent Prayer Calendar - PFC

 

ReDISCOVER CHRISTMAS ADVENT SERIES: Good News in Troubling Times

A five-week online and in-person Advent campaign. Includes promotional, sermon and study resources for the four weeks of Advent. Purchase kits from Outreach.com.   ReDiscover Christmas - Outreach

 

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 A.   Worshiping With Children - lectionary

 

5 SIMPLE WAYS TO USE PICTURE BOOKS DURING ADVENT

Some engaging ways to use picture books an all-age ministry. Also includes suggestions for recommended books. Advent Books - Traci Smith

 

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 site

WORSHIP MUSIC
OPTIONS FOR ENGAGING MUSICIANS, SINGERS & PRIVATE WORSHIP

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