Courtesy of Transform Newham signposting digital solutions
COVID19 has so significantly impacted everyday life in church, home, work and community.
Digital Tools for
This is a copy of a working document which is being updated regularly. I have tried to make it easy on the eye but failed because of the settings embedded in the copy. Sorry!
For direct updates, see covid.churcheshandbook.co.uk Contents include
Impact of COVID19 on Church Comms [Digital Church Toolkit |video] link
Taking Church Online in a Coronavirus
Age [Gospel Coalition |Article] link
Ultimate Coronavirus Guide For Churches [Church Marketing Uni.|article] link
Running Digital Small Groups [ Article | Vineyard Churches] link
Get started with filming [ Article & video | Vineyard Churches] link
10 ways churches can help during the coronavirus pandemic [Premier | Article] link
Prayer. It’snot our only response, but it’s important!
A guide to praying for Coronavirus
#PrayToEndCov19 [SIM] link
A coronavirus prayer and other resources [Pete Greig| Article/slides] link
24/7 Prayer virtual prayer room for the coronavirus pandemic link
Tools like Prayermate and Time to Pray may be helpful
Webinars to help churches and ministries
26th-27th March COVID-19 Church Online Summit. Evangelicals at Wheaton College.
Watch back from 17th March. Children & Youth in London (Watch back via Facebook) Host: Diocese of London Children & Youthwork
Live Streaming Guides to setting-up live streaming
Licences to livestream worship
[Vineyard Worship|article] link
Most affordable live streaming cameras for churches [ProChurchTools|Podcast] link
Record, stream & podcast your services [CCLI | Article] link
Livestream Your Church Service: A Practical Guide [GospelCoalition|Article] link
How to stream your Church service on Facebook Live – [CBN|article] link
A note about live streaming and song licensing in churches – [James Doc|Article] link
Songs in the public domain – [CCLI | list] link
Best practices for going Live from a Facebook Page [Facebook Article] link
Crisis Management What to think through for your church
All Things Coronavirus [Northshore
Church | Google doc] – link
Guidance for churches [Church of England | Article] – link
Communicating your response [CPO | Google doc] – link
Templates for Public Statements; emails, social posts, etc [Google Doc] – link
Fbook Groups + resource for Church Comms. Places to go for support and advice from experienced Church Comms teams.
Church Tech UK – [Facebook] link
The Church Comms Collective UK [Facebook] – link
CMG / Visual Church Media [Facebook] – link . OK it’s US-based, but has lots of feeds about live streaming and tech setup for churches.
Coronavirus Tech Handbook [directory] – link
Leveraging Facebook for Online Church During COVID-19 from Nona Jones (Head of Global Faith-Based Partnerships at Facebook) [Facebook Post] – link
Mental Health & Community Helpful resources.
Coronavirus & Anxiety – [Will Van Der Hart|Article] – link
How to stay connected in the coronavirus pandemic [live Q&A via Sunday Mag] – link
4 Ideas to be FOR Your Community During COVID-19 [article from Sunday Mag] – link
Joy – Support for people self-isolating [service] – link
Other free Resources. Easily accessible resources to use in your church comms.
Custom video for
announcements [GoChatter] – link
Coronavirus graphics [Sunday Social] – link
Updates and cancellations graphics [Pixel Preacher] – link
Coronavirus photos [Unsplash] – link
Viral kindness neighbourhood print-out [PDF download] – link
Love our street print-out [PDF download] – link
Viral kindness postcard [print at home or professionally print | PDF] – link
Apps, Software & Other Useful Tools
Digital tools that will be useful for churches in this season (and beyond!)
For live streaming
Church Online Platform free link A platform to show a live streamed
video or a pre-recorded video with a link. Includes online chat, prayer request
and integrated YouVersion Bible App.
OBS free link Free & open source broadcasting for live streaming. Connect to Facebook, YouTube, Twitch etc.
Remote working for teams
Slack free link Messaging, file sharing, group chats, video calls
Facebook Workplace link
Microsoft Teams link
Google Drive free link Free for charities to use team drives with unlimited space
For Small Groups
Running Digital Small Groups link
Google Hangouts link
Bible reading plans [from YouVersion
Bible App] link
Idea – ask small
groups to start a Bible App reading plan. Share a plan with friends and read
the Word together. There’s lots being highlighted at the moment about fear
Prayermate Share enables you to keep your small group updated with needs link
iknow Church – The team at iKnow have made their platform completely free for churches until September 2020. link
Alpha online – link
Canva free link
Easy to use graphic design templates, pre-made sizes for social media platforms
Google Hangouts link
To do, doing, done
Four tips for staying productive working from home [Google | Article] – link
Mark Crosby, Vineyard Churches UK & Ireland
Benjamin Lyon, Living Rock Church
Ben Elliott, Christian Publishing Outreach
Peter Murden, Digital Church Toolkit
Finn Johnston, Digital Church Toolkit
Liz Morgan, Church of England
James Doc, Kingdom Code
James Doc, Kingdom Code / OneSheep
Just pick what might help you and investigate.
Matthew Porter, Officer.