On May 5, three Worship Coaches and five worship leaders/pastors gathered online for an informal Q&A regarding worship. The discussion centered around three main topics: technology that is being used for online worship, communion practice, and what worship will look like as we move into the summer and fall of 2020. Special thanks to these coaches for their participation: Elly Boersma, James Lee, and Marja Fledderus. The CRC Endorsed Worship Coaches are available to your church for consultation or training. Email [email protected] or one of them directly for more information.
The resources that were shared are listed below.
- The basic version of PreSonus Studio 1 (free trial for download).
- Logic Pro X and Garage Band for sound recordings. Garage Band comes free with Macs, and Logic Pro is available for a 3 month free trial right now (usually it's a one month trial). Be sure to do the original recording with a metronome—it'll be easier to edit later.
- For video, iMovie comes standard with Macs, but Final Cut Pro has the same promotion as Logic Pro right now (full version for 90 day trial).
- TechSoup - looks like this is specially available now to nonprofits
- Acapella app - is easy but has it's limitations
- Virtual Choir - join and sing along
Individual Communion Supplies
- Fellowship Cups - order from Concordia Supply or Christianbook.com
- One idea that was shared to drop off prepackaged communion kits to older and immunocompromised members prior to Sunday virtual worship
To Build Community
- Facebook Live and YouTube both have a live chat function - for YouTube live streaming, you need to click the "not for children" option to enable the live chat
On Worship Post COVID-19 Shutdown
- Guidelines from the CRC for future worship from the CRC.
One Example from Stephen Faris, Fellowship Church, St. Thomas, ON:
- When our church was forced to close do to the Covid 19 outbreak we decided to put as much time and energy into our live-stream services as we could. We wanted our service to be high quality, utilize our musicians, and engage our congregation. After some research and trying different options we settled on a system that works well for us at Fellowship Church.
- I work together with our youth and discipleship pastor (Jon Pollnow) to record myself, my wife, my son, and one singer. Together we record the core music tracks for our service. Then I send those out to our praise team who record themselves worshiping, singing, and playing instruments with our recording and send their recordings back to me. I collect those recording and work with Jon to mix and combine the audio and video together for our service each week. Those videos are then live-streamed to our Youtube channel and linked on our website.
- For equipment we use a camera at our church to record the video of the core team (my family and 1 singer). We have a digital sound board connected to a computer via USB that lets us record the audio of each mic and instrument individually. I use Presonus StudioOne (recording software) to record, edit, and mix all the audio. I then upload the music to Google Drive to share it with our music team. Our musicians use their phones, ipads, or laptops to record themselves and send the files back to me using various online storage (like google drive) services. I extract the audio and add it to what we recorded in StudioOne creating the best mix of all the instruments. All the videos are loaded into Sony Vega (video editing software) and placed in different squares on the screen with the lyrics and audio added to the songs. We then use OBS software to stream our services live on Youtube every Sunday morning.