Our worship right now consist of me sitting at my dining table doing a YouTube Live stream. Last week was our first, but I suspect the pattern will continue. I have put a corporate prayer in the description of the video, and also sent out a PDF when I send the link to the video that has a brief order of worship to serve as a bulletin. We’ve used YouTube live mainly for the sake of the less tech-y and those without Facebook, etc. Following a link is easier than downloading an app (i.e. zoom) and you don’t have to have a familiarity with Facebook (i.e. Facebook Live). Also, those of us with smart tvs or gaming consoles hooked up to the tv can then stream the video on the largest screen in the house, thereby making it feel a little more.... real? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkQFeHyetFk is last week’s worship time.
This week I’m going to ask people to text others “Peace be with you” or something like that for the passing of the peace. We’ll see how that goes.
For Bible Studies and group studies of all sorts, our goal is to use Zoom. I have a ‘pro’ account so we can talk for more than 45 minutes. I intend on recording the conversations with as many people as possible on it, and then with their permission upload it to YouTube so we can again share it with those less tech-enabled people.
Session meetings and other meetings will also be via Zoom, however it will utilize more of the conference call feature. One session member doesn’t have internet at all and 2 others are in rural places where their connection isn’t good enough for video chat. So they will just call in.
To stay connected the session and deacons divided up the directory, so each person has 5 or 6 households to check on. Call, email, text, card, etc. Make sure each person is doing well and see how we can help - pick up a few extra groceries, etc.
We have also created a list of readings with discussion questions. So one reading per day. As a community, this way we can all be reading the same thing, or connecting to scripture communally in some way. I’m not sure the participation level, but for those that are, the hope is they continue to feel connected to God and to others.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Wg0FNBT9Iu1INIAi5HlHpaSDw2jhanuEarqqWsmKFN4/edit?usp=sharing That’s the document with the readings for reference.