Live streaming church services
The second of a series of digital ministry blogs looks at live streaming as a way of ministering online and staying in contact with your church community.
Live video is proving more and popular with churches wanting to reach new audiences and minister to those who are unable to attend church. With COVID-19 on everyone’s minds, live streaming to your church community will be an important communication and ministry tool.
New to live streaming? The brilliant Church of England digital team have pulled together a beginners guide everything you need to know to start live streaming this week.
Our friends at United Reformed Church have produced a series of information guides to online church, including beginners guides to using Zoom, Facebook and YouTube.
Three things you could go live for:
- Morning and Evening Prayer
- Bible Study
Be sure to publicise your live event well in advance.
As a Diocese, our biggest audience is on Facebook so you may wish to consider starting on that platform. Read this guidance for getting started with Facebook Live.
Remember to save the video afterwards and that way you can upload it to YouTube and embed it on your website.
Bit more to consider with YouTube live. To stream from mobile you need to have 1K subscribers but going live from a computer has no restrictions. This article takes you through the YouTube Live process.
Live streaming and song licenses
If you are streaming via Facebook Live and YouTube Live then you should be covered by licences negotiated between Facebook/Youtube and PRS directly.
This means that your church’s band, organist, solo pianist, etc is treated like a covers band on these platforms. Playing ‘covers’ of the latest worship songs is permitted.
Hymns in the public domain
CCLI have a list of songs in the public domain.
Small Church Music has a very comprehensive site of hymns available in the public domain and cleared for live streaming.
If you are streaming please stick to Facebook or YouTube – these are two of the most used video platforms and you’ll likely be covered by licensing.
Our handy guide to improving the audio quality of your live stream is well worth reading.
Share your live experience
Remember, you can share your videos on our Diocese of Llandaff Facebook group. Help us continue to minister and serve those who need us most.