A Word from the Moderator Resources for doing Virtual Church Links to sample online services

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Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston Headshot
Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston


Revª. Bispa Cecilia Eggleston, Moderadora, Igrejas da Comunidade Metropolitana traz uma palavra de encorajamento à medida que respondemos ao COVID-19.

Rev. Cecilia Eggleston, Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches brings a word of encouragement as we respond to COVID-19.

Reverenda Obispa Cecilia Eggleston, Moderadora, Iglesias de la Comunidad Metropolitana trae una palabra de aliento al responder a COVID-19

Here is a link to the song the Moderator referenced, Way Maker
Esta é a música que o Moderador fez referência Caminho no Deserto
Way Maker / Abres Camino – Ingles y Español

Resources for Online Worship

Online Worship, Tour, Tips and Ideas – Marcia McFee of the Worship Design Studio – one hour webinar

Tips for Sensory Rich Live Streaming – Marcia McFee of the Worship Design Studio
10 minute video

How to Live Stream Your Service This Weekend – an article from Northeastern Seminary

How to Do Church Online – Free webinar – Sunday, March 22nd , 2pm Eastern (-4UTC)
Join Rev. Jim Keat, the Digital Minister at The Riverside Church, as he talks with the leading experts in digital ministry and online church to share tips, tricks, and best practices that you can use with your congregation. Sponsored by Convergence.

How to Go Live in Four Easy Steps less than 4 minute video from the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego

Zoom Video Conferencing Tutorial: Beginners Guide

Using Zoom 101 prepared by Rev. Katie Hotze-Wilton

Avoiding YouTube Copyright Strikes

Copyright Issues to Keep in Mind When Live Streaming from Your Ministry

From Enrique Zenteno López
Regarding your question about means to broadcast live worship services for our churches, I am suggesting the following options, with features and options.

The main two free streaming services for any church regardless of its size, would be:

  1. Facebook -using Live – best when broadcasting from a Page (not a regular, personal bio). Best when using an external webcam. Broadcasting from a laptop computer is best, some mobile phones and tablets do not take the live feature.
  2. YouTube -Same applies here. As with Facebook, it is highly recommended church uses an external microphone for best sound, not depending on the computer’s or phone small microphones without enough range to catch sounds. Some churches use a small sound mixer to plug a cardioid microphone to the computer with enough cable extension.

Both the external camera and microphone do create a huge quality difference for broadcasts.

Additional professional streaming services for churches to be considered include:

  1. streamingvideoprovider.com/ – from $39/mo (recorded broadcast) to $99/mo (live broadcast) include storage space and enough bandwidth for visitors;
  2. boxcast.com starts at 99/mo and has unlimited, automated features and no annual commitment.
  3. You might want to check out streamingchurch.tvdacast.com and sermoncast.com.

If the church has a technical/computer savvy volunteer doing basic Live Facebook streaming, but would like to go to the next best step, I highly recommend OBS, which is an excellent freeware one uses to create a more professional broadcast either in Facebook or YouTube, even other platforms. With OBS you can have pre-set presentation screens, add titling, even broadcast from your computer’s desktop or navigator’s windows.

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PERSONAL WELL-BEING and Continuing Education
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HERE’s an ONLINE RETREAT offered by Rev. Edgar Francisco Danielsen-Morales starting April 18th

Check out the many classes at Sacred Space Online Learning (SSOL) and the MCC Portal.

A Few Links to MCC Online Worship Services

We are working to compile an accurate list of MCC Online Worship, Prayer and Study Groups. In the meantime, here are a few using different approaches that you might check out.

Church in Progress MCC – New Zealand
Cancelling services? Thinking about virtual ways to connect? We’ve been doing zoom services for a while and our next one is this Sunday (New Zealand time) at 8pm. You are welcome to come along and see one way of providing an online experience. You are also welcome to share this post with those who need some community. https://www.facebook.com/events/549856338950499/

Founders MCC – Los Angeles, CA, USA
http://www.foundersmcc.org/ 10am Pacific in English 1:30pm Pacific en español

ICM Forteleza – Brazil on Facebook Live

ICM Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Facebook Live

The Village MCC, Brighton, UK, – Rev. Michael Hydes, [email protected] , 07476 667353 On Facebook Live! 5:30pm GMT

Pike’s Peak MCC, Colorado, USA – using MEVO on Facebook