Digital Church - Streaming, Video and Dial-In Services

Due to current events and the limitations that COVID-19 has had on public gatherings many parishes across our diocese have decided to livestream Sunday services, prayers and acts of worship.

The advice aims to limit any spread of COVID-19 and thus protect communities and the NHS.

The archbishops have called for clergy to livestream services and prayer from their homes or church, so that those who are unable to join them in person can still worship virtually. 

Livestreaming is a great option to continue to engage with your congregation. Not only is it an opportunity to worship together, but offers community for many people who may feel isolated. There are many methods of livestreaming a worship service and our COVID-19 section offers plenty of advice, including how those without the internet can still access worship and what copyright considerations to take into account.

 

Churches who are live streaming worship

Below is a table with information about what some churches are streaming, along with a link. If you would like to have information included in this table please email details to communications [at] leeds.anglican.org.

Church What they are streaming Link
Bradford Episcopal Area
Parish of Girlington, Heaton and Manningham Sunday Service 10.25am Link
Kildwick, Cononley and Bradley Sunday Service 10am, Morning and Evening Prayer 9am and 4.30pm Monday to Thursday Link
All Saints Bingley Sunday Holy Communion Service 10.30am Link
Bradford Cathedral Sunday Service 10am Link
All Saints Ilkley Sunday Service 10.30am Link
Fountains Church Bradford Sunday Service 4.30pm Link
St Margaret's Ilkley Sunday Service 10.30am Link
St Peter's Shipley Sunday Evening Service 6.30pm Link
St Mary's Oxenhope Sunday Service 10am Link
St Paul's Shipley Sunday Service 10am Link
Harden, Wilsden, Cullingworth and Denholme Benefice Daily Morning and Evening Prayer Link
St John's Great Horton Sunday Service 10.30am, Morning Prayer 9am Link
Parish of Baildon Sunday Service 10am, Messy Church Link
St James' Thornton Sunday Service 10am Link
St James' Bolton Sunday Service 10.30am, Weekday Morning Prayer 8.45am, Wednesday Night Prayer 7.30pm Link
All Saints Keighley Sunday Service 10.30am, Wednesday Service 11am Link
Keighley Shared Church Sunday Service 10.30am, Wednesday Family Time 2pm Link
St John's Bierley Sunday Mass 10am, Wednesday Mass 10am, Wednesday All Age Service 12.30pm Link
St Oswald's and All Saints Bradford  Sunday Service 10.30am  Link
St Stephen’s West Bowling & St Matthew’s Bankfoot, Bradford Sunday Service 11.15am Link
Parish of Tong and Laisterdyke Sunday Service Link
St Margaret's Frizinghall  Sunday Service 10am Link
St Stephen's Steeton with Eastburn Online Offerings Link
Huddersfield Episcopal Area
Christ Church Pellon Sunday morning service and Thought For the Day daily Link
St Augustine's Halifax Sunday morning service and Thought For the Day daily Link
St John's Coley Sunday morning service and Morning Prayer Link
Hartshead Hightown Roberttown and Scholes Sunday Worship 9.30am, Sunday Sing-a-long 11am, Saturday Storytime 11am Link
All Saints Batley Sunday Service 11am Link
Community of the Resurrection Mirfield Five Daily Services Link
St Stephen's Lindley Daily Prayers and Reflections, Junior Church Weekly Challenge Link
Erringden Benefice Recorded Sunday Service and Prayers Link
Holy Trinity Huddersfield Sunday Service and Morning Prayer Link
Benefice of Cleckheaton Sunday Eucharist 12pm, Midday prayer during the week Link
Dewsbury Team Ministry Sunday Service 10.30am, Morning Prayer 9am Link
Holy Nativity Mixenden Sunday Service 10am, Evening Prayer 6pm Link
St Saviour's Ravensthorpe Sunday Service 10am, Midday Mass during the week Link
Thornhill Parish Church Sunday and Holy Week Services Link
St Peter's Birstall Sunday Service 10am Link
St Mary's Todmorden Holy Week Services 10am Link
Huddersfield Parish Church Holy Communion 10am, Morning and Evening Prayer Link
St Thomas' Heponstall and St James' Hebden Bridge Sunday Service 10.30am, Evening Worship 7.30pm Link
Christ Church New Mill Worship resources and meetings Link
St Martin's Brighouse Sunday Worship on Zoom 11am Link
St John's Clifton Sunday Worship on Zoom 11am Link
St Johns Church, Golcar Sunday Service 9.30am Link
Benefice of Lepton, Emley and Flockton  Sunday Morning Prayer 10.30am, Sunday Evening Praise 6pm, Tuesday School Lesson 10am, Wednesday Reflection 10am, Friday Collective Worship 3pm Link
All Saints’ Clayton West  Sunday Service 9.15am and Tuesday Service 9.15am Link
St Augustine’s Scissett Sunday Service 11am and Tuesday Service 9.15am Link
Christ the King Battyeford Sunday Service 10am Link
Honley and Brockholes Sunday Service Link
All Saints Halifax Sunday Service Link
St David's Holmbridge Sunday Morning streamed service, Evening Zoom prayer service Link
Holy Trinity and St Jude, Halifax Sunday Service 10am. Tuesday to Saturday 8.30am for morning prayer and Sunday evening compline at 8pm, all on Facebook. Link
Leeds Episcopal Area
St Edmund's Roundhay Morning Prayer, Compline, Sunday Morning service 10am and Wednesday service Link
St George's Leeds Sunday Morning service 10.30am Link
Holy Trinity Cookridge Sunday Mass and prayers an thoughts throughout the week Link
Holy Trinity Rothwell Sunday Service Link
St Peter's Morley Sunday and Wednesday services, 9.30am Link
Christ Church Lofthouse Sunday Eucharist, Midday Prayer and Compline Link
St Mary's Whitkirk Sunday Service 10am Link
St Oswald's Methley Sunday Service 10.30am Link
St John the Evangelist Oulton with Woodlesford Sunday Service 10.30am Link
St Luke's Holbeck Sunday Service 10.30am Link
St Mary's Woodkirk Prayers throughout the week, with a 10.30am Holy Communion on Sunday Link
St Peter's Rawdon and Leeds Diocesan Deaf Churches Accessible Services for the Deaf Community Link
St Mary's Swillington Sunday Service 10.30am, prayers throughout the day Link
St Paul's Morley Sunday Service 10.30am Link
All Hallows Leeds Sunday Service 10.30am, Wednesday Evening 7.00pm Link
St Stephen's Kirkstall and St Mary's Hawksworth Wood Sunday Eucharist 10am, Morning Prayer 10.30am Link
St John's Moor Allerton Sunday Service 10am Link
St John's Adel Sunday Service 10am, Holy Week services Link
St John's Farsley Sunday Service, Morning Worship Link
St John's Yeadon Sunday Service 10.30am, Midday Prayer Wednesday Link
St Hilda's Cross Green and St Saviour's Richmond Hill Sunday Mass 9.30am, Morning Weekday Mass 9am, Various Holy Week services Link
St Paul's Ireland Wood Sunday Service 9.30am Link
Leeds Minster Daily Reflections Link
St John's, Wortley and Farnley Sunday Service 10am, Wednesday Service 10am, Evening Prayer every day at 7pm Link
St Giles' Bramhope Sunday Service 9.30am Link
Elmete Trinity Benefice Sunday services, daily reflections, longer seasonal reflections and Messy Church Link
St Mary's Garforth Sunday Service 10am, Wednesday Night Prayer 8pm Link
St Stephen’s Moortown  Sunday Service 10.30am, Wednesday Service 10am Link
St Philip’s, Osmondthorpe Sunday Service 10.30am, Monday and Wednesday Prayer 12pm Link
St Wilfrid’s, Halton Sunday Service 10.30am, Monday and Wednesday Prayer 12pm Link
St Chad's Far Headingley Sunday Service Link
St Michael's Headingley Sunday Service 10am and daily prayer Link
St Barnabas' Alwoodley Sunday Service 10.30am Link
All Saints Otley Sunday Service 10.30am Link
Christ Church Upper Armley Sunday Service 10.30am, Thursday Virtual Prayer Meeting 8pm Link
Oakwood Church Sunday Service 10.15am Link
Beeston Sunday Communion Service 9.30am Link
Ripon Episcopal Area
Bishop Thornton, Burnt Yates, Markington, Ripley and South Stainley Morning Prayer Monday to Thursday Link
St Mark's Harrogate Sunday Service 10am. Sunday morning prayer 11am and midday prayer Monday to Friday on YouTube Link
Ripon Cathedral  Sunday Eucharist 10.30am, Morning and Evening Prayer 8.30am and 6pm Link
Pannal with Beckwithshaw Sunday Service 10am Link
St Wilfrid's Harrogate Mass 6pm Monday to Friday, 10am on Sunday Link
Knaresborough Team Ministry Sunday Service 10.30am Link
St James' Wetherby Sunday Service 10am Link
Parish of Easby, Skeeby, Brompton on Swale and Bolton on Swale Sunday Service and daily refelctions Link
Kairos Church Harrogate Central Gathering 10.45am Link
St Andrew's Starbeck Sunday Service 10am Link
St John’s and St Luke’s Bilton Children's Service 9.30am, Sunday Service 10.30am Link
St Peter's High Harrogate Sunday Services 9.30am and 11am, Morning and Evening Prayer during the week Link
Holy Trinity Ripon Thursday Holy Communion 11.30am, Sunday 9am Holy Communion, Sunday 10.30am Morning Worship Link
Parish of Catterick with Tunstall 10.30am Sunday Service Link
St. Aidan’s Church Hellifield Sunday Service 10am Link
St. Mary’s Church, Long Preston  Sunday Service 10am Link
Upper Wensleydale Sunday Service 10.30am Link
Stanwick Group of Churches Zoom Sunday Service 9am, other Zoom services throughout the week Link
Wakefield Episcopal Area
St James' Thornes Prayers and services as often as they can Link
St George's Lupset Prayers and services as often as they can Link
Benefice of Royston and Felkirk  Sunday Mass 9.15am, Monday Mass 17.30pm, Wednesday Mass 9.30am Link
Christ Church Lofthouse Sunday Eucharist, Midday Prayer and Compline Link
St George's Barnsley Sunday Service 11am Link
All Saints Pontefract Sunday Communion 10.30am, Evensong 6.30pm, Wednesday Communion 10am Link
St Mary's South Elmsall Sunday Mass 10.30am, Wednesday Mass 12 noon, Messy Church Sunday 2pm, Holy Week Services Link
St Giles' Pontefract Sunday Mass 10am and Wednesday Mass 9.30am Link
St Peter's Stanley Sunday Mass 10am, various weekly worships Link
St Catherine’s, Belle Vue and St Andrew’s Wakefield  Sunday Service 10.30am, Morning and Evening Weekly Prayer Link
All Saints Darton and St John's Staincross Sunday Mass 10am Link
Benefice of West Barnsley Sunday Eucharist 10.30am Link
St Cuthbert’s and All Saints’ Ackworth Sunday Eucharist 10am and Daily Prayer Link
Christ Church South Ossett Sunday Service 10am Link
 

How to live stream

Here is a video guide from our Digital and Social Media Officer, Richard, sharing how livesteaming is done on Facebook.

Richard shares some more top tips below, offering advice with regards to shooting a good video or live stream at your home.

Fountains Church, Bradford have also produced a helpful written guide to live streaming on Facebook, which can be accessed here.

More support and advice with regards to live streaming can be found on the Church of England website. Their digital team have released a number of blogs with helpful information included.

A Church Near You

AChurchNearYou.com is being used to signpost those churches that are live streaming services and events. Churches need to add the 'Livestream' tag to their services and events that will be broadcast. Remember to add this into your churches description, telling people how they can watch your online events. You can add a link to the platform you're using to stream, such as your Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Copyright 

When uploading content to platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and a church website, it is important to take copyright rules and laws into consideration. This is particularly applicable when using music in your videos/livestreams and other audio/visual content not created by your church. Full guidance can be found here on the Church of England website.

Can we perform live music during a video or livestream?
A church wishing to sing and play live music on a live or pre-recorded video on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram are able to do so. In order to do this it is recommend that you apply for the CCLI Streaming Licence introduced in mid-March 2020. This permits you to stream or webcast live worship music on social media platforms which are normally intended for personal, domestic use only, including YouTube and Facebook. This licence also covers the right to show song lyrics on screen, to enable viewers to sing along.

Can we embed a livestream on a church website?
If the video is embedded from YouTube, as the host of the video, the platforms licence covers this. However, if the video is hosted on the church website, the church would need to apply for a Limited Online Music Licence (LOML) provided by PRS for Music.

Can we play a recorded song as part of a livestream?
Most backing tracks and recorded songs are copyrighted material. Always be aware of the background music in your live video because social media platforms monitor and flag copyrighted content. You may receive a copyright violation, meaning the video is muted or even banned. Therefore, recorded music cannot be used as part of a video recording or livestream unless you have the permission from the copyright holder.

Some song recordings however, have been made free to download and use without any copyright concerns. For example, the Church of England have made hymns and songs available for use by clergy and church leaders livestreaming Sunday services, recorded by the Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Anthony Gray, an organist in the Diocese of Leeds has recorded organ music for St Margaret Ilkley's online services. There are now also available for any church that wishes to use them and can be downloaded here.

Dial in Services

While a majority of people are able to access church livestreams at the moment, we are aware there is a number for whom this isn't possible. In response some churches have made alternative provisions, such as a dial in conference call, allowing people to use their phone to access meetings on platforms like Zoom. Please find examples below of how some have made this facility possible.

All Saints Ilkley 

We use the website www.whypay.net and pay £8 a month for their pro package. This means up to 50 people can dial in to a conference call service using the same set of numbers every time, and it only costs a standard rate per minute or nothing if people have bundled minutes as part of their landline or mobile contract. 

A typical service operates as follows. At the appointed time people dial-in to the conference call with their arrival being announced by hearing their first name. There is a few moments of general chitchat and then the person leading the service mutes everybody except those who are involved in preaching, reading the Bible or leading the prayers. At the end of the service everybody is a muted to say the grace together and to give their farewell greetings.

The pattern has worked well for us. We have a service of prayer on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8:30am, and at 9:15 am on Sunday mornings. Typically we have up to 10 participants during the week and up to 20 on a Sunday.

Sutton with Cowling & Lothersdale

We recently started a ‘dial-in’ Sunday service, using telephones only, where those attending the service call a local rate ‘03’ number. For our first service our Vicar, the Revd Helen Collings, led the service from Sutton. Our curate, the Revd Brian Greenfield gave a talk from Glusburn and readings and prayers were led remotely by members of our three parishes from their homes in Cowling, Lothersdale and Sutton. The first service was well received with over 50 people participating.  

Here is a helpful blog from Revd Bryony Taylor, who offers help with setting up phone church using Whypay telephone conferencing.

Video Production

Churches have also been producing videos during this time, covering services, thoughts, reflections and more, and putting them on social media and YouTube. The Diocese of Leeds has produced a guide for churches and individuals looking to get started themselves, which can be found here.

 

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