Clergy in Connor Diocese have been very quick to respond to Bishop-designate George Davison’s St Patrick’s Day announcement of suspension of church services due to coronavirus.
To ensure their parishioners do not miss out on worship opportunities, and to keep people connected and reduce a sense of isolation, many have already produced videos and podcasts to share on social media.
And no doubt others are brushing up their internet skills to do the same.
This, of course, is nothing new. Many of our parishes have been live streaming or sharing services online for some time.
There is some helpful advice about streaming services on social media, and sharing videos etc to Facebook, available for download on the Connor website at present.
A scroll through Facebook gives an indication of what some parishes are up to, although this is certainly not a comprehensive list. Apologies to those who have been missed – drop an email to email@example.com and we will rectify that in due course.
Services on YouTube eg Sunday March 29 – https://bit.ly/BFR_29_3_20
Curate-in-charge the Rev Adrian Halligan is uploading daily reflections, mid-week and Sunday services and talks for the children onto the parish Facebook page.
All Saints’ Parish has been streaming services online for some time via the website http://antrim.connor.anglican.org/. This Sunday they will be streaming a service for Mothering Sunday at 11.30am and a service of wholeness and healing at 6.30pm. You will also find Morning Prayer Live every day at 9am.
New videos of services including introductory video by the rector.
YouTube video for Mothering Sunday and future Sunday. Visit https://youtu.be/94KSdSu2nJ8
Virtual staff meetings via Zoom
Podcast at theunitedparish.podbean.com
Facebook message from Dean; live service streaming and Zoom house group meetings.
Video message from the rector.
Video recording being set up.
Covid-19 Response Group (seem Hello Neighbour image to the right).
Video worship by the rector including Compline, Evening Prayer, Late Evening Office. Sunday School story video.
You Tube channel for live worship from St Patrick’s, Armoy on Sunday morning.
Video messages from the rector and parish youth and children’s officers
Video prayers by the rector.
Will be broadcasting on Sunday at 10.30am and then 11.30am on this LINK. (Not yet available).
Rector has shared a video reflection on Psalm 23.
Prayer booklet to help us structure prayer life in coming days and week.
A message from the rector.
Posting services on its Facebook page.
Video of Canon Peter Galbriath’s talk for Mothering Sunday on the Parish Facebook page.
Many others are sharing written prayers and messages of support from clergy. If you are on Facebook, and are concerned about missing out on the opportunity to worship and pray, check out your parish page, or some of those mentioned above.
Also consider the Daily Worship App.