Coronavirus Updates: Critical Information, Resources, Tools and Tips


ESSENTIAL MESSAGES FROM BISHOP BICKERTON

Bishop's Statement on Latest Developments (March 17, 2020) 
Mandated Suspension of in-person Worship Services for Two weeks (March 13, 2020)
Response to Rising Coronavirus Concerns in New Rochelle and Among Members of the New York Annual Conference (March 11, 2020) 


GENERAL INTEREST: CHURCH RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Churches Adapting to COVID-19 Restrictions by Linda Bloom, Assistant News Editor for United Methodist News Service
COVID 19: Impact of Agency Gatherings, Support Extended to Staff and Ministries is a press release issued by UMC Global Ministries on March 17, 2020

 




CONNECTING TO YOUR CONGREGATION VIA TECHOLOGY


LIVE STREAM BASICS AND OPTIONS 

There are a dizzying number of streaming options, with more becoming available too quickly to count. For purposes of getting started quickly, you can't beat Facebook Live or YouTube Live, so there's detailed information below. 

Simulated Live Streaming: You upload a pre-recorded video to a hosting service like Youtube or Vimeo, copy/paste the share URL into your web site's video section, and the platform will play the video like it is live.

Live Streaming Direct to Social Media Platforms, like Facebook Live,  is a great way to meet immediate, short needs largely because it is easy to set up and your videos can be shared, which broadens your reach and exposure. Best of all, it's really simple; you can even mount your phone to get it done. If you’re streaming using a desktop computer or laptop, click inside the status update box at the top of your newsfeed and choose the “live video” icon from the menu. A browser window pops up, activating your computer’s webcam. For mobile users, you can use the Facebook app. Simply tap the “live” icon beneath the status update box. Write a description for your video, set your audience (Public, Friends, etc.), choose a filter, and press “start live video.”

YouTube Live is another easy option. Using a desktop computer, simply click on the recorder icon in the upper right hand corner, followed by “Go Live.” Next, select “Webcam,” enter a title and description for your stream, and choose a privacy setting. You can also choose to schedule your live stream for a later date, and choose from more options under Advanced Settings. Click “save” when you’re done, and then “Go Live” to begin streaming. Streaming to YouTube via the “Events” dashboard is ideal if you prefer to announce a planned event before it goes live. You can access or schedule a live stream via the Live Control room.

When your church is ready to graduate to a higher quality approach, it will require a "decent" financial investment. To stream your service live to your website, you will need to have a streaming provider, an encoder, a camera operated by someone who records the service and is familiar with or willing to learn the process. Your provider's platform will issue an embed code that will need to be copied/pasted into the video section of your church website. Below are just a handful of streaming providers, but you are encouraged to reach out to other churches for recommendations as well.



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PROVIDING PASTORAL CARE 

 


INFO FROM HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS

New York State Department of Health website including county by county statistics and hotline phone number

Connecticut coronavirus website including county by county statistics

From the Centers for Disease Control main coronavirus website:

World Health Organization (WHO) webpage with news updates, Q&As, and online training how to fight the disease

Worldometer webpage: Live statistics and news tracking the number of confirmed cases, recovered patients, and death toll by country.