Streaming services online
Broadcasting your services over the internet is an effective way of connecting with those unable to attend services, either through ill health, distance or any other reason.
There are many methods to stream your services online. Some churches have a fixed set-up, such as Deddington Parish Church, Oxfordshire and St Mary the Virgin, Kenton.
It’s also possible to broadcast your services using just a smartphone, although using an external microphone will greatly improve your viewers’ experience.
Periscope.tv and Facebook Live
The Church of England is using Periscope to run its ChurchLive project, which features different churches from around the country.
Facebook Live lets you broadcast live video on the popular social media platform. St Martin-in-the-Fields broadcast their Pentecost Service on Facebook in May 2016.
A great example is from the former incumbent of All Hallows by the Tower, the Very Revd Bertrand Oliver, who has commented on live streaming and added an example policy to his article about live streaming.
You may wish to use a photo and video consent form that can be kept on file, in accordance with GDPR procedures. To view an example form that we use, download here and amend using your church details.