Tweaking in Pakefield

Author: The Revd Sharon Lord

Published on: 4 May 2021

The lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic forced many of us kicking and screaming into the 21st Century!

Pre-lockdown I had never thought about visuals, sound, recorded music, filming the service, posting on Facebook or YouTube, because we have a wonderful tech team to take care of all of this. So, suddenly, it was just my husband and I with his mobile phone.

We decided to livestream on Facebook, before uploading to YouTube and our website. Then convert the video (MP4) into audio (MP3) for CDs to send to congregation members without internet access.

To ensure online congregation participation, we display PowerPoint slides on a screen. This low-tech way of doing things has been easiest for us. It is simple to do with the most basic of equipment. We’ve learnt as we’ve gone along, tweaking things to get the best picture and sound.

Our online services are now an integral part of our worship pattern, even as we tentatively  start to worship in the building again, they are here to stay. This is because we are reaching people on the edges of church life, those perhaps who come at Christmas or Easter, those who are online but housebound. I’ve had wonderful conversations with people: “the grandchildren bought me a mobile,” or, “I can watch YouTube on my television,” or, “I work shifts so I can watch it when I get home.” We have many more views on Facebook/YouTube than attendance on an average Sunday morning.

As churches, we must engage with the digital as well as the physical. Whilst the pandemic may have forced us to change how we ‘do church’ week in week out, I think we should take encouragement from the way God is working through us in the digital; reaching people that, perhaps six months ago, we didn’t realise was possible.

The author...

No Image Found

The Revd Sharon Lord

Licensed clergy - Incumbent: Rector, Pakefield (Benefice)

This article is from...

Articles in this issue...

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever Hebrews 13:8

I had the privilege of leading the drive-in Songs of Praise at the Norfolk Showground


An opportunity to build anew

"Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity" - Colossians 4:5.


Thorpe St Andrew celebrate the summer

Like many parishes Thorpe St Andrew has enjoyed online worship and fellowship during the lockdown, through Zoom and Facebook, but after returning to worship in church in July, they wanted to do something to celebrate the summer which was safe, but face to face.


Tap and grab

In the parish of Mundesley, the PCC explored the issue of giving in services across their two congregations as we’ve always struggled and often sought additional fundraising to bridge the gap.


Experiment pays off

How can a church future proof its giving? Well, it’s a journey, and it’s one we’re still on but these are some of the steps we – as a market town parish church - have taken so far.


Supporting the church, supporting community

When lockdown began our first thoughts were how we could meet the pastoral needs of the church and wider community and provide worship. We soon had systems in place to keep the church running while our buildings were closed.


Be prepared for Christmas in a variety of ways

It seems a lifetime ago when I penned the article for PCC News last year, encouraging churches to hold services and events in a variety of ways so that communities could find God in different places.


Filling the Gap

Nationally, up to three million estimated children are at risk of being hungry in the school holidays*, and for some families, the recent season of coronavirus lockdown has brought additional fear, worry and hardship, and left them facing greater adversity than ever before.


Lunch supplies for families

Here at St Mary’s Church, Watton we have been very busy.


Looking after Ludham in the Waterside Benefice

“We must do something,” said Dr Christine Wall at the end of a PCC Fund Raising Committee Meeting in Ludham on Tuesday 10 March, as we realised that lockdown was imminent.


Keep up to date

Subscribe to our eNews for a snapshot of news, events and resources, usually emailed once a fortnight

Signup to newsletter