Coronavirus Updates: Critical Information, Resources, Tools and Tips

Coronavirus Updates: Critical Information, Resources, Tools and Tips

   
    ESSENTIAL MESSAGES FROM BISHOP BICKERTON

 

    GENERAL INTEREST: CHURCH RESPONSE TO COVID-19

 




     COMMUNICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY


    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. 

    1) 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.

    2) 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.

  3) 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.




    MUSIC, LICENSING AND COPYRIGHT 

 

      ALTERNATIVES TO IN-PERSON HOLY COMMUNION 

Online “Wesleyan Love Feast is a very creative alternative to serving Holy Communion.  This is a Christian Fellowship meal that recalls the times when Jesus shared with his disciples. There are varieties of resources available to you as you consider this option:

      CORONAVIRUS-RELATED RACISM AND XENOPHOBIA

  • How to Respond to Coronavirus Racism, As COVID-19 infections increase, so too does racism and xenophobia.
    This resource from
    Teaching Tolerance, outlines “Speak Up” strategies to let people know you’re not OK with racist or xenophobic comments about coronavirus or anything else.

 

         FINANCE AND GIVING

  • General Council on Finance and Administration (GCF&A) is providing several resources to local churches and church leadership on both live streaming and giving at the local church level during these times of quarantine and confinement: 

    Live Streaming Using What You Have, with Andrew Jensen (facilitator)
    Facebook Live, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 4:00pm (EST)

    Jensen will be offer easy to follow tips on how local churches can navigate through all the resources available to live stream and otherwise provide church services. To take part in the event, go to GCFA’s Facebook account on Wednesday (3/24) at 4:00pm.

    eGiving: Easy Tips to Support Your Virtual Ministry Webinar, offered by eGiving During Virtual Ministry
    Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 11:00am (EST)
    The webinar will focus on answering questions on e-giving and the local church. Go here to register for this event.
     
  • 10 Ideas for Church Financial Leaders Amid the COVID19 Crisis, from Discipleship Ministries. This is a basic resource, but the information is good to know and could prompt some discussion.
  • Electronic Giving Increases Offerings, this piece from United Methodist Communications outlines seven reasons why your church should offer online giving options.

 



       CARING FOR YOURSELF

 



       YOUTH FOCUSED UPDATES





HEALTH ORGANIZATION UPDATES

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:

From the World Health Organization: