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Over the past few years, more and more churches have embraced advancing technology – including better sound equipment, recording events and sermons, and the live-streaming of various events. Whether it’s for a sermon, prayer service, worship evening, or bible study, online viewing has become a crucial part of how congregation members stay involved.
Live streaming has become one of the go-to methods for churches looking to accommodate members who can’t attend services or functions in person. But why is it worth the extra effort and resources?
+WHY LIVE STREAMING YOUR CHURCH SERVICES?
A large part of being involved with any church is the community and connection members find in each other. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen that it isn’t always possible to gather in large groups due to restrictions and the need to protect the elderly and those amongst us that have underlying health conditions. Live streaming has kept churches across the UK connected to their congregations despite less-than-ideal circumstances.
What’s more, an ever-increasing proportion of the churchgoers in the UK are elderly, and many of them have developed mobility issues over the years. Live streaming allows them to remain an active part of the congregation even if they are physically separate.
Other churchgoers who benefit from live streaming services include those who have recently moved. Anyone moving away can remain part of the church group they’ve attended for years, while others who are new to the area can check out the services before committing to that specific church. Those who are away on holiday, on business trips, feeling under the weather or even looking after someone else who has fallen ill also don’t need to worry about missing out.
Live streaming can also be used to provide on-demand resources for congregation members to watch at a time that’s more convenient for them. Those who watched it live can also go back to the footage and catch up with or reflect on parts they didn’t quite catch, allowing them to get the most out of each sermon.
By live streaming church services and other functions, you can extend your reach past the church walls, facilitating connection to more people than ever before. In a time where the UK is seeing declining church attendance figures, this medium allows you to increase your audience size in a practical and accessible way.
+CONSIDERATIONS FOR LIVE STREAMING CHURCH SERVICES
There are a few key things to consider before live-streaming a church service for the first time. The good news is that, after the first run, your live-streaming setup and process will become second nature.
On Tour Events has years of experience with church live streaming, so we know how to nail it the first time around. Better still, once we’ve worked with you, it’s easy to replicate the set-up time and again, so you won’t have to make new plans each week.
+CHURCH VENUE CONSIDERATIONS
Church services are not one-off events. Many churches have more than one service on Sundays, along with prayer evenings, worship nights, or bible studies during the week. This means that any live streaming setup needs to be a lasting solution. If equipment is being hired for each event, it needs to be set up and taken down quickly and efficiently.
Different venues obviously have different layouts and floor plans in terms of seating, stages for the band or choir, entrances and exits, bathrooms, and plug sockets. Keep all this in mind while deciding where to place cameras. You don’t want in-person churchgoers to be continually walking in front of the camera, nor do you want filming equipment to block any important doorways or obstruct anyone’s view in the physical audience.
Consider the plug sockets and their positions throughout the venue. Some churches are hundreds of years old, so socket placement was not decided with live streaming equipment in mind. You may need extension cables to ensure that everything can be plugged in and switched on.
+ASSESS THE INTERNET CAPABILITIES OF YOUR CHURCH
Urban churches in newer buildings might have reliable Wi-Fi for streaming, but many older, rural, and more historical buildings haven’t gotten quite that far yet.
You don’t want anyone watching from home to miss out on the essential parts of the sermon because the stream is lagging or dropping, so it’s crucial to have a reliable and stable network connection. We can, of course, stream using 4G/5G for churches without Wi-Fi networks.
+CONSIDER ANY ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT YOU MAY NEED TO HIRE
While most churches have had microphones for years now, they may not have mics well-suited to live streaming equipment. Obviously, your online viewers need to hear what the vicar or priest is saying, so the microphone needs to be a good fit for the recording hardware and software you’re using. On Tour Events has an extensive inventory of live-streaming-friendly microphones, which you can hire from us.
To pull off a high-quality live stream, it is vital to invest in proper film lighting. Live streaming lighting is brighter than most ordinary event lighting and ensures everyone back at home can clearly see what’s going on. You may also consider hiring one of our LED screens to put up song lyrics or verses from the bible as the vicar or priest preaches about them.
Churches may also benefit from our custom stage hire and set design, particularly for special events such as worship evenings, church conferences, or gospel choir performances over Easter or Christmas.
+CONSIDER WHICH STREAMING PLATFORM IS THE BEST SOLUTION FOR CHURCH SERVICES
There are many options for live streaming of church services, with pros and cons for each. Social media tools have been a popular choice for many churches as they are typically easy to set up and easy for viewers to access. However, you may find yourself sacrificing video quality. It’s also tricky to control who is or isn’t allowed to watch, which leaves the stream open to trolling or sabotage in the comments.
Paid-for streaming platforms may seem over the top, but they give you more control over the service’s privacy by allowing password protection. This means that only church members can join in, which will also be ideal for religious conferences or bible studies.
Whatever platform you decide to use, we can make it work! On Tour Events has experience working with multiple live streaming options, from Facebook Live and YouTube to Vimeo and IBM Cloud Video.
+WHY CHOOSE ON TOUR EVENTS FOR YOUR CHURCH STREAMING SERVICES?
On Tour Events has been streaming church services across London, Surrey, and the rest of the UK for years, so we know what works and what doesn’t.
Whatever your needs may be, we will help you to find the right solution for your church that will serve you either each and every week or for those special celebrations such as Christmas and Easter – or both! Whether you need lighting, sound equipment, live streaming equipment, LED screens, or stage hire, we’ve got you covered.
Running a church is hard enough as it is, so why not hand over the technical aspects of each live-streamed service?
Get in touch with us today using the contact information below to find out more about how we can assist you, ask questions, and receive advice on the best streaming solutions!
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