Doing Church Differently—Resources and Ideas
In light of the new Post-COVID-19-normal of staying vigilant, safe and connected, many churches are still offering web-based services for those that choose to stay at home, or just connect with church is different ways.
On this page you will find:
A list of churches still doing either live-streaming or posting videos of church services for those who cannot attend,
Information about how to start live-streaming or video in your church, and
Some resources for doing church at home.
If you have an idea or resource to share, please email the editor on firstname.lastname@example.org or the Bishop’s EA email@example.com or the Contact Us form on the website.
Regular Live-streaming or video links
If your church has a public livestream or youtube service option, email Jo on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- The Christ Church Transitional Cathedral live streams weekly on a Sunday at 10 am and 5.30 pm. Click here to go to their Youtube channel.
- St Mary’s Anglican Church, Timaru, The Rev’d Ben Randall. Click here for his YouTube page with daily prayer and updates. On Sundays, live Services of Word and Prayer are offered at 8.00 am and 10.00 am via Zoom. To join either service please click here about ten minutes before the service time.
- St Michael and All Angels has both Facebook and Youtube channels – Fr Chris Orczy has 8 am Morning Prayer, 12.35 pm Mass, and 4pm Evening Prayer. On Sundays he streams services at 8 am, 10 am, and 4 pm. Got to Facebook or Youtube.
- All Souls Merivale-St Albans has services 8 am and 12 noon week days and Sunday 10 am hosted on their Facebook page.
- All Saints Burwood‘s services can be found on their Youtube channel ‘All Saints Burwood‘. It goes up the night before (Saturday) so you can watch at a time that suits you.
- The Burnside-Harwood Parish will load Sunday Services at 9.30am on their Youtube page. Rev’d Chris Ponniah also does a daily Morning Prayer on the Parish Facebook page.
- The Opawa-St Martin’s Parish, Rev’d Ben Truman, has a Youtube daily Morning Prayer also.
- The Parish of Amberley’s Rev’d Stephanie Clay does a livestream of Night Prayer some nights from her Facebook page,
- St John’s Highfield, Timaru has a great website that outlines all the places to connect: MP on Facebook at 8.30 am Mon-Fri, EP on Instagram with revlucy2.0 at 8.30 pm Mon-Fri, Zoom at Noon devotions Mon and Wed at 12 pm, and Sunday Sermons will go on Youtube and Facebook at 10 am. They also have a kids ministry dropbox for resource sharing.
- Anglican Life Rangiora holds a live online service each Sunday at 10.00am. They are also recorded and can be viewed on their YouTube channel.
- Upper Riccarton-Yaldhurst Parish have a Sunday Service webcast for you to follow.
- St Barnabas’ Church, Fendalton, have morning devotions on Zoom every day at 10.30 am Tuesday to Saturday and Sunday Worship on Zoom at 10 am with Night Prayer at 8 pm. These are open Zoom meetings: no code is required, just click and enter.
- The Sumner-Redcliffs Parish have live prayer sessions Wednesday evening at 7pm and Sunday mornings at 11am. Click here for the current week’s info, their blog, and YouTube channel.
Keen to try?
If you are keen to try live streaming or video posts, but don’t know how, below are some resources to help.
- A great blog post about “What is the meaning of ‘online church’?” by Theologian Ian Paul of psephizo.com
- Livestreaming is available through Youtube and is easy. Here is a tutorial on how to set this up.
- Get.Tithe.ly is a website to help churches get financial, but it also has a great post on getting virtual and live streaming in the Coronavirus age. The tutorial is written by Paul Maxwell and is called: Coronavirus Toolkit for Pastors and Church Leaders. Of course, they promote their app first, but skip past that and look at the other platforms you can use.
- Techguru77 has a video tutorial on live streaming via Youtube from start to finish.
- If you’re desperate for some friendly advice, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can send you some local contacts.
Resources, Crafty and Peaceful activities
- Colouring Resources for challenging times by Frog and Gnome that you can download free
- Do Messy Home Church with the family using this new resource: Messy Home Church (91 downloads)
- Prayer for a Pandemic (162 downloads) by Cameron Wiggins Bell
- Rev’d Ben Randall has started a “Stories with the Vicar” series – the first one is up and is the Annunciation Story
- Instructional video about how to do Church as a family with toddlers: a video from Nelson
- CoE have put out a resource called “ CoE C-19 Prayers (95 downloads) ” containing personal and corporate prayers, kids prayers and daily morning and evening prayers for use during this time.