Simple set of 10 questions
When churches were closed during the 2020 lockdown, we had to find a way of transmitting services to our congregation using whatever modern technology was available to us.
At St Peter Mancroft the ministers took it in turns to stream services from their own homes, with varying degrees of success. It was nerve wracking, and something usually went wrong. So, in a project led by Michael Winter and Lorna Allies, we installed the equipment needed to stream our services to our YouTube channel.
Due to the importance and suddenness of this project the PCC agreed to underwrite the costs, which were substantial. To reduce the burden, we sought funding, and were awarded grants from the Sharing Good News Fund and Allchurches Trust, together totalling about half of the total project cost.
The Sharing Good News fund application consisted of a simple set of 10 questions which we were quickly able to complete, with the award letter following within two weeks. All churches Trust had a more complex form, but it was made easier because of their ‘Hope Beyond’ fund (specifically for responses to the pandemic) and they also responded quickly.
We now use our streaming system for Sunday worship, special services, choir and musical events. Our streaming service is available for weddings, funerals and for the different groups using our church for their own events.
It seemed daunting initially, but the Sharing Good News Fund gave us the early encouragement we needed to go forward and we are very grateful for that.
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