...and there's a helpful blog about going 'live' online, and why you might want to do it.
Faith in Later Life have collected resources together including 'Activities for Older Adults during Covid-19', 'What about older people who aren't online?' and 'Tackling anxiety and fear in the coronavirus crisis'.
On occasions the Diocese and Cathedral stream special services. These can be found on the Diocesan and Cathedral YouTube Channels and Facebook pages.
The Bishop of Southwark streams services from the chapel at Bishop's House, which are available via the Diocesan Facebook and Youtube links above, as well as on Bishop Christopher's Twitter feed.
The Archdeacons of the Diocese put together a 'thank you' video, which you can watch below:
Here are some of the churches in our Diocese with worship, services or prayer resources online - if you'd like to be added to the list, get in touch with our Website Manager via firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the links below for more information on what they're offering.
Our Mission Teams (Fresh Expressions, Children & Young People, Mission and Evangelism, JPIC) are here to help you to engage meaningfully with your online audiences. We can offer practical support, resources and mission grants for online outreach. If you’d like to know more, get in touch by e-mail. Please also let us know about any projects you’re already running, and any ways in which we might be able to support you.
Since the general guidance below was issued, it has been brought to our attention that there have been some incidents of (‘Zoombombing’) affecting services being livestreamed by some of our parishes.
The latest edition of Zoom (Zoom 5.0) was issued on 27 April containing security enhancements and additional meeting safeguards to help keep your meetings safe from Zoombombing (https://zoom.us/docs/en-us/zoom-v5-0.html). Please ensure that your Zoom account is updated to this latest version.
Several parishes have experienced their live streams being hijacked. If you are using these platforms, please try to implement some additional security:
a) Use password security on any parish livestreams you are planning, and make sure that the password is distributed in a different way than the stream link is.
b) Check the host security settings of the broadcast, to make sure that only the host can allow screen sharing, and if necessary, muting.
The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, has invited us all to pray together for our nation and for all those affected by the coronavirus at 1pm each day. Please pause in whatever you are doing and say the Lord’s Prayer, and again at 7pm. Where it is safe to do so perhaps you could light a candle in your window each evening as a symbol of Christ’s light in our world at this dark time.
The Dean of Southwark, Very Revd Andrew Nunn, has written the following prayer, which you may wish to use:
Please pray for all who are involved in the response to this crisis worldwide.
source of healing and comfort,
fill us with your grace,
that the sick may be made whole,
that those who care for us may be strengthened,
that the anxious may be calmed,
and those most vulnerable be protected
in the power of Spirit
in the faith of Jesus Christ our Lord.