This Facebook Group gives North Alabama pastors and worship planners a place to share technology, webinars, articles with one others. As well as a place to share creative ideas.
Clergy, use your @umcna.org username and password to sign in at www.youtube.com.
The social media platform Facebook has a feature called Facebook Live that allows users to use the camera on their computer or mobile device to broadcast live video. www.facebook.com
The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts (The Fellowship) has launched a crowdsourced Pandemic Response Worship Resourcing at www.umfellowship.org/pandemic
This resource has great information and resources for worship leaders who are rapidly adapting to offering worship experiences on line. It’s a dynamic resource, with new ideas being posted every day by the creative worship leaders of the UMC.
Churches using hymns or other copyrighted music in their online worship services must have a license to do so – just the same as is required for printed copies of protected music. Several services offer streaming licenses, ranging in price from around $100 for churches with attendance in the 1-25 range, to near $600 for churches with up to 1,100 in attendance. Here are links to the three prominent licensing companies’ tools:
To help churches in this period of coronavirus challenges, here are some special offers and prices:
This is free online video conferencing system with little to no restrictions. There is also a companion app for iPhone and Android devices. With a umcna.org account, you are always the host! Google Meet has been opened up for larger meetings (up to 250 participants) and live streaming through July 1. Clergy, use your umcna.org account username and password to sign in at meet.google.com
This is an online platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars. Zoom has a free service with limits on meeting length and number of participants but has paid options with more features and capacity. Find out more at https://zoom.us.
This is a basic conference call system that allows a group of participants to connect via telephone. The free option limits you to five participants per call. There is a paid option (only $9.95 per month) that will allow calls with up to 150 participants with up to 2,000 minutes of conference call time each month. Find out more at www.instantconference.com.
This United Methodist multimedia platform with a wealth of Bible study materials is an offering of the United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) and offers high quality, searchable content with an emphasis on Wesleyan perspectives for church-wide, group, or individual use on any device at any time. The content includes videos, podcasts, audio books and other digital media developed by UMPH and local churches. There are even subscription levels that will allow your church to upload content! Amplify Media offers a 14-day free trial. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Amplify has made several resources free and accessible for churches to participate in a church-wide or group study and children’s content to keep young ones engaged in the Bible. Find out more at amplifymedia.com.
The North Alabama Annual Conference Adult Discipleship Team has two current initiatives to help people grow in their daily holy habits.
Here is a list of resources and idea developed by Children's Ministry and Youth Ministry Leaders from across the North Alabama Conference.
An article from Discipleship Ministries that offers a list of ideas specifically directed to church financial leaders across the church to help with sustaining the church and its ministry as we live through these Coronavirus days.