Mothering Sunday worship was broadcast successfully by many of our churches in answer to Bishop Nick’s request to live-stream services.
Details of when and where those services took place were listed in a special table to be found in the COVID-19 section of the diocesan website.
This section also hosts links to national CofE advice web pages and other resources.
It is planned to feature all of those churches which are able to live-stream services and here are details of five – one from each Episcopal Area.
The livestreams have taken many different forms, with something for everyone from churches of all sizes.
Bishop Nick said: “I am delighted how the diocese has responded quickly to new challenges, by reaching out online and live-streaming our services.
“Of course, it will take time for us to adapt our worship and develop new ways of engaging with our parishes and beyond.
“But this is a great start and again, I encourage everyone to contact our Communications Director, Chris Tate for advice and support from him and the Communications Team.”
The Revd Canon James Allison, from St John the Baptist Coley in the Huddersfield area, has been leading the congregation of the church in Morning and Evening Prayers, offering thoughts and reflections, and on Sunday led the church in a virtual communion service.
Father Gary Waddington from St Wilfrid’s Harrogate, in the Ripon area, has been leading Mass on livestreams through Facebook, which have been seen by people across the world.
All Saints Ilkley, in the Bradford area, have been using YouTube to stream their services, and on Sunday streamed two services of prayers and reflections led by the Revd Mike Coe from the church.
St George’s Barnsley in the Wakefield area have been streaming from inside and out, with a Sunday service that included musical worship from the church, as well as Morning Prayer held in the beautiful sunshine.
Finally, St George’s Leeds streamed their Sunday Morning Service on their website, with musical worship that included actions, prayers and a sermon.
Livestreaming church is a good way to keep being church together in these difficult times, and can take many different forms, small or large.
If you would like any help getting your church live, please email communications [at] leeds.anglican.org for tips and advice.