How churches are connecting to their people

Ideas for “meetings” online

Zoom is a free web-based video conferencing tool with a local, desktop client and a mobile app that allows users to meet online, with or without video. Zoom users can choose to record sessions, collaborate on projects, and share or annotate on one another’s screens, all with one easy-to-use platform. Zoom offers quality video, audio, and a wireless screen-sharing performance across Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, Blackberry, Zoom Rooms, and H.323/SIP room systems. You can join a meeting, set up a meeting and schedule a meeting. Zoom is great for everything from a meeting with your supervisor through to a team and we’ve seen it work well with 30 students and a teacher all connecting.

FaceTime is a video chat application developed by Apple and can be used on Apple devices.

Facebook Messenger is free and can be used independently of Facebook. It has video ability but is perhaps not as secure as Zoom.

Skype is one of the most popular video call services. You don’t need a lot of equipment and the software is user-friendly, enabling you to make video calls within minutes of downloading it. You can share files, do video chats and text message.


Revesby livestreamed on its Facebook both Sunday services on March 22, and plans to continue to do that.

Minister Peter Barnes says it worked reasonably well but lacked what Hebrews 10:24-25 sets out.

“Preaching is an activity where preacher and listeners feed off one another. Bible studies will go Zoom, but that is in need of some work at the moment.

“Sermon notes, prayer notes, the newsletter, and news items are being sent out by email. We will look at the Lord’s Supper by livestreaming, but that will need some organising. The telephone is also coming back into its own! Time for prayer, reflection, and writing should be utilised more faithfully.

“Do what we can, in a spirit of service and praise, and press on, fearing God more than man or viruses.’’

In the New England, Rev Andrew Campbell says: “New England has had it all. Years of drought and then fire. And just when we thought it was safe, with good rain and no more fires, we now have the plague. Guyra and Glen Innes churches are wondering what God is telling us …  Considering our options, Andrew Campbell plans to distribute a CD, ‘Geebung Flat Radio’ (‘Geebung Flat’ being the name of their bush property).

“With a significant minority of the congregation without the Internet, phone calls and an audio CD seems to be the best option to stay connected.  The CD can be used at home, on the tractor, travelling, or wherever; and doesn’t just feature a talking head. It will include a service, music, messages from elders and more.’’ 

GracePoint in Lidcombe in Sydney’s inner west Gracepoint started streaming services on Sunday March 22 using a combination of Facebook and Youtube.

Missions Director Kamal Weerakon has invited all to Sunday Church livestream.

“If you’d like to stay in contact with us so we can keep you updated on what’s happening, if you have questions, or if we might be able to help you, please feel free to let us know at https://tinyurl.com/GPContactForm

At this time if you need prayer, we’d love to pray for you. Let us know at https://tinyurl.com/gpprayerrequest

“Our service program and sermon outline is available at http://bible.com/events/7138408

“For more information about our church community, you can visit our website at https://www.gracepoint.org.au/

What is YOUR church doing to connect with your people? Send us your story and photos to our Pulse Editor/Media and Communications Man ager  Karen Forman kforman@pcnsw.org.au

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