Live streaming of prayer and worship

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 from domestic settings, in keeping with new national church guidance to close churches.to clergy and public alike.

A letter to all clergy from the Archbishops and Bishops sent on Friday, March 27 reiterated an earlier call for church doors to be shut and that clergy are not to enter the churches, even indiviually.

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

The letter calls for clergy to livestream services and prayer from their homes, 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.

 

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 Epsicopal Area
St Paul's 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
Huddersfield Epsicopal 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 Night prayer at 9pm 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 Week Services and Reflections Link
St Thomas' Heponstall and St James' Hebden Bridge Sunday Service 10.30am, Evening Worship 7.30pm Link
Leeds Epsicopal 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 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
Ripon Epsicopal Area
Bishop Thornton, Burnt Yates, Markington, Ripley and South Stainley Morning Prayer Monday to Thursday Link
St Mark's Harrogate Sunday Service 10am and Midday Prayer Monday to Friday 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
Wakefield Epsicopal 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 Morning Prayer 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
 

How to live stream


How to livestream to Facebook - a guide from Fountains Church Bradford
Fountains, the diocese's new Bradford city centre church, is livestreaming a range of services and prayers, details of which are here: https://bit.ly/33yQtGJ.

Here is their how-to guide:

Firstly, set up your smartphone somewhere where you can see everything that you want to be on the livestream. Make sure the phone is close enough that voices and audio can be picked up, you don’t want people to not be able to hear what is going on! A tripod can come in really useful; you can get buy one of these online for less than £20. https://www.amazon.co.uk/LINKCOOL-Aluminum-Lightweight-Smartphone-Blueto...


Next, go to your Church’s Facebook page (ensuring you are logged in as an admin) and tap ‘Create a post’ 
 


Next select ‘Live Video’. You may be asked to give Facebook permission to use your microphone and camera, make sure you allow this. 
 


Then all you need to do is press ‘Start Live Video’ when you’re ready to go. 

 
Pros and Cons 
+This setup is super simple and easy to operate 
+Facebook Live requires no expensive software or external cameras so is relatively inexpensive if not free 
-As you’re using the built-in microphone from a smartphone the audio quality won’t be brilliant and it may be hard to hear at times 
 

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