Pastoral Notes from Bishop Thompson
- March 12 Pastoral Letter from Bishop Thompson: Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic.
- March 13 Statement from Bishop Thompson following Governor John Bel Edwards’ Proclamation
- March 16 Pastoral Letter from Bishop Thompson: Churches to Close Doors Until Further Notice
- March 17 Pastoral Letter from Bishop Thompson: Regarding church services, feeding programs, funerals, and on-campus activities
- March 24 Clergy Conference Call Recap. Topics: CPG; Holy Week and Easter; Solomon Center; Lambeth and General Convention Synod; Stay in Place Order and Church Services; “Eucharist to Go”; and prayers for clergy.
- March 31 Clergy Conference Call Recap. Topics: Stimulus plan; Holy Week and Easter; CPG; Stay in Place Order; Chrism Mass; Bishop Visitatons;
Please keep those who are ill, caregivers, first responders, and medical providers in your prayers. Check often on the elderly, vulnerable, and those who you have not heard from in some time.
- Each evening at 8 p.m. we are posting prayers and reflections from the clergy of the diocese. You can view them on Facebook here, Instagram here, YouTube here, or Twitter here
- Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will post a weekly reflection called “Habits of Grace” on Mondays. You can watch them here.
- Book of Common Prayer online
- Episcopal Relief and Development Prayers and Liturgies
- Prayers for children after a disaster or tragedy from FORMA
- Daily prayer by Forward Day by Day
Faith-Based Response to COVID-19
- Episcopal Relief and Development’s Faith-Based Response to Epidemics
- Episcopal Relief and Development Webinars. Webinars address issues reagardings mental health, substance abuse, family/partner violence; continuing ministry in a safe manner; and institutional support systems.
- CEEP Network Resources for the COVID-19 Crisis. Watch recordings of webinars on church administration, communications, stewardship, finance, insurance, live streaming church services, and more.
- Lifeline Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary is holding online office hours for anybody needing help in digital ministry and how to best serve our communities of faith. Register here.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough.
- Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, handling diapers, preparing food or using the bathroom.
- We urge everyone to follow the stay at home order issued by the governor of Louisiana. Read here
Online worship services:
- Christ Church Cathedral has a live broadcast of their 10 a.m. Sunday service. You can listen to it on the radio at WGSO 990AM or online here: https://wgso.com/ or listen to an archived recording of the service on their website here .
- Click here for a list of churches with a livestream of their services and those with sermon archives.
Resources on how to live stream church services:
- How to Broadcast a Facebook Live Event in 5 Easy Steps
- How to use Facebook Live: The Ultimate Guide
- Livestreaming Advice for the Best Quality Video
- Zoom Best Practices
Options to Livestreaming to Facebook Live:
What if Facebook Live is no longer an option? Do you have a Plan B? Here are a few ideas:
- Video the entire service beforehand. People can even video their parts seperately. Upload the video to Facebook and YouTube and use the “premier” feature. It will schedule the video to publish at whatever time you need it to and send out a notification to your followers that the video is now available to view. Here is a tutorial on how to do that. Warning: People are reporting that it is taking hours to upload a 30 minute video. Plan well in advance of when you want your video to appear on Facebook.
- Other streaming services such as Streamyard or Onestream.live
- Record your service as a podcast and upload to sites like ITunes, SoundCloud, BuzzSprout, or Google Play Music. You can share it to your social media sites. Just like the video option, people can record their part seperately. A tutorial will be added soon. Here is an example from Grace Church, Newton, MA.
Safe Church and Online Space
- Follow the Safe Church guidelines. Here is a video tutorial on creating a safe online space.
- Protect yourself from Zoombombing. That is when “trolls” join the meeting to intentionally cause disruption or share inappropriate images or messages. They usually find these meetings from Zoom links found in public places such as social media or websites. Learn more Zoombombing and how to prevent it from Episcopal Cafe here and Forbes here.
Licensing information to stream service music:
- To legally broadcast music through a livestream, you must have a streaming license ( OneLicense covers The Hymnal 1982 and other hymnals authorized by the Episcopal Church) or use hymns found in the public domain (See Hymns in the Public Domain here). You can’t use prerecorded music. Please read this document regarding U.S Copyright Issues Related to Live Streamed Music
OneLicense announced on March 13 that they are offering worship communities two different gratis licensing options through April 15, 2020. If you are brand new to the ONE LICENSE service and would like to take advantage of the one-month gratis Reprint License, please sign up for an account at https://onelicense.net and use code “CRVS20” at checkout. All fees will be waived. If you already have an Annual Reprint License and would like to add a Podcast / Streaming License in this season, you can do so by logging in and visiting the “Licenses” tab under “My Account.” Email us at email@example.com with your license number, business address, and the code “CRVS20” for redemption.
Resources guides from various platforms:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/help/1636872026560015
- Embed Facebook Live Video on a Website: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/embedded-video-player/
- YouTube: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2474026?hl=en&ref_topic=9257984
- Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/meetings
- Guide to stream Zoom Meeting to Facebook Live: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/115000350406-Streaming-a-Meeting-or-Webinar-on-Facebook-Live
- Zoom Webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar
- Twitch: https://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/how-to-stream-on-twitch/
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MORE INFORMATION ON COVID-19
- The WORLD Health Organization (WHO)
- Center for Disease Control
- Louisiana Department of Health
- The Episcopal Church statement concerning COVID-19
- Ready.gov Prepare for a Pandemic
- Coronavirus Safety Tips for Religious Organizations from Church Insurance