Messages from Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett
Ministry Resources and Ideas
Worship and Service Ideas in Response to COVID-19
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.
Online Worship Technologies and Resources
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
From the Federal Communications Commission
From The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts
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.
Ask the UMC
Do you have questions about live-streaming your worship services, using technology to connect with small groups and individuals, or encouraging and promoting online giving? United Methodist Communications Local Church Services team is here to help! As you navigate leading your congregation during this uncharted time, reach out to us.
We’re available Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CT, via online live chat at http://ee.umc.org/contact or via phone at 888-346-3862.
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:
Video Conferencing and Teleconferencing
Google Hangouts Meet
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.
From the North Alabama Annual Conference Adult Discipleship Team
The North Alabama Annual Conference Adult Discipleship Team has two current initiatives to help people grow in their daily holy habits.
- Read Together is in its second year and is an opportunity to read through the entire Bible in a year. It includes daily Bible readings and each week there is a podcast by a North Alabama lay person or clergy sharing his or her thoughts on the readings. The podcasts are archived, so it’s not too late to join in! More information is available at www.umcna.org/readtogether. Podcasts are available at umcna.podbean.com.
- Pray Together offers participants many opportunities to expand their prayer lives. Each week a new prayer practice or prayer focus will be the subject of a podcast or a video featuring leaders within our Conference as well as guests from trusted organizations such as the Upper Room. More information is available at www.umcna.org/praytogether. Podcasts are available at prayingtogether.podbean.com.
From North Alabama Conference Ministry with Young People
Here is a list of resources and idea developed by Children's Ministry and Youth Ministry Leaders from across the North Alabama Conference.
From Discipleship Ministries (formerly General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church)
COVID-19: Resources and Financial Relief
From General Council on Finance and Administration of The United Methodist Church.
From Discipleship Ministries
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.
ClergyEducation.com is a resource for clergy and church leaders. Class instructors are noted authors, clergypersons, and leaders from throughout the United Methodist denomination. United Methodist pastors and leaders can use the coupon code umc to receive a 25 percent registration discount, making the cost $19.
From United Methodist Communications