From the Classroom to the Computer: Engaging an Audience in a Preoccupied Climate

This guest blog post comes Bekah Wilson Lockdown has been extended for three more weeks. That is at least three more weeks of empty church buildings, online services and isolated congregations. In this time of uncertainty, anxiety and alarm, my mind spends a lot of its time preoccupied. I think of figures, the weekly shop,Continue reading “From the Classroom to the Computer: Engaging an Audience in a Preoccupied Climate”

Church Online: Nothing New

This is a guest blog post from Emma Major in response to my post on Church Uploaded – Ecclesia in a Crisis. I am deeply grateful for Emma and others, for the gracious way in which they’ve helped me see a huge, personal blindspot in my understanding of church. Yesterday I read the article “ChurchContinue reading “Church Online: Nothing New”

Church uploaded – Ecclesia in a crisis

Imagine, for some strange reason, that during this pandemic we could still keep meeting together in person. Would the question of whether your church should keep meeting even cross your mind? Would you decide that now is the time, in this crisis, to retreat and become a ‘mono Christian’? Would you say that now isContinue reading “Church uploaded – Ecclesia in a crisis”

Speaking into the void

Are you preaching, singing , or speaking into a camera this weekend? How do you feel before you press the record button, how do you keep going during those long minutes before you stop? And most importantly how do you feel afterwards? During recent online meetings, I’ve heard these questions countless times. Is anyone there?Continue reading “Speaking into the void”

Sharing videos during your event on Zoom

Guest blog post by Beth Butler. Beth works for Crosslands and also studies with them. She lives in Newcastle and loves sharing Jesus with international students and the opportunities that brings.  Sometimes at your event you want to play a short video as part of the service or you want to share a document. WellContinue reading “Sharing videos during your event on Zoom”

Zoom bombing – protecting your events from hackers

Today we have a guest blog by Beth Butler. Beth works for Crosslands and also studies with them. She lives in Newcastle and loves sharing Jesus with international students and the opportunities that brings.  Here are a few top tip to make sure that you are not ‘Zoomed bombed’. This is when hackers join inContinue reading “Zoom bombing – protecting your events from hackers”

How to use Zoom Breakout rooms in your event

Today we have a guest blog by Beth Butler on Breakout Rooms. But before Beth shows you how to use this function. We want to show you why we need them. One way to prevent this dynamic is to make the meeting as interactive as possible. Change the learning style/engagement every 15 minutes. Encourage participationContinue reading “How to use Zoom Breakout rooms in your event”

5 models of online church

I’d like to introduce you to five of my friends all who live in my city bar one. 5 friends, 5 very different experiences of online church. Matthew lives a 3 minute drive from us, he lives in a shared house and is teaching music online. He’s already suffering from screen fatigue. He says thisContinue reading “5 models of online church”

Writing in to the Void: the battle for online witness – Guest blog post by Philippa Wilson

Social media and I have a complicated relationship. From the outside, people might say I love it; I’m a frequent poster- of things that make me laugh, of cookies I’ve enjoyed eating, of thoughts I’ve been encouraged by, of reviews of books or TV programmes I’ve watched, of friends I want to “big up”. IContinue reading “Writing in to the Void: the battle for online witness – Guest blog post by Philippa Wilson”

Leading worship on Zoom – tips and tricks

Until a week ago, Zoom was something I’d seen ads for on the tube, but hadn’t really registered as something that would be relevant for my life, which is very far away from a corporate business world! In the last week, though, I’ve attended two day-long conferences, planned and sound-checked a virtual concert, taught 5Continue reading “Leading worship on Zoom – tips and tricks”