Our ChurchLive Broadcast on Sunday 10th July

Our ChurchLive Broadcast on Sunday 10th July

On Sunday 10th July 2016 we had the amazing opportunity to live stream both our morning services as part of the Church of England’s ChurchLive initiative.

By live streaming church services it gives people around the world the opportunity to experience church like never before. Whether they are at home and unable to get to church or if they’ve never been to church before in their lives, broadcasting online engages with people in a whole new way.

Doing a live broadcast seemed quite daunting at first, especially as you can’t stop and do another take! But as Phil the Vicar said, ‘We’ll do what we do but do it well.’  That’s all very fine in theory but Sunday was our new curate Charlotte Gompertz’s first sermon here at Trinity Churches, so no added pressure then!

Technology-wise, live streaming the service was surprisingly easy to do. The set-up involved an Ipad on a tripod and a radio-mic plugged into the outlet to provide steady picture and sound for the stream. To go live, all you had to do was tap a button via the Periscope app and then we were live and broadcasting to the world!

During the week beforehand we’d been allowed access to the official ChurchLive twitter account in order to promote awareness of our Trinity Churches and give people more of an idea of what we do here in Shrewsbury. I’m pleased to say we got lots of good positive responses and interactions, especially once people learned that our new curate Charlotte was giving her first sermon that day!

The live broadcast of our 9am Holy Communion service went really well. We had over 200 people view the service at one point or another which was really encouraging. Viewers are able to leave comments during the stream and there were some fantastic comments for Charlotte and some great hashtags such as #newrevs and #wonderwomaninacassock!

Between our two morning services we took the opportunity to interview members of staff and members of our congregation to give those watching the stream a flavour of the things we do at Trinity Churches. We spoke to Matt Guilder about his co-ordination of the youth work, as well as Lottie Cansdale to get her take on what it’s like to be a young person at Trinity Churches. Fi Iddon (who did an amazing job of leading the 10.45am service) also interviewed Rachel Woods about her involvement with the Windfall project and how it came into being. We were super excited to be able to interview Judith Clarkson, about Trinity Kids and the special Secret Church they were hosting on the Sunday to learn more about persecuted Christians around the world.

Live streaming the 10.45am service went even better than than before. Overall we had 400 people come and watch at least part of the service and again there was positive interaction with lots of nice comments about the Church, the service and the prayers. Retrospectively we have had over 1, 600 people watch the services back on twitter or periscope which is amazing!

It was brilliant to be involved with such a good initiative to reach out and engage with people about Church and to represent the Anglican faith around the world. We hope that those who watched will feel encouraged and inspired to start asking questions and perhaps to start their own faith journeys. Considering how easy the process was, maybe we’ll do more in the future……watch this space!