Part of the Media for Ministry team travelled to the United Reformed Church (URC) Ministers Gathering at Yarnfield Park in Staffordshire yesterday! They took along livestreaming equipment and laptops to demonstrate the options available to churches for livestreaming, Zooming + recordings, as well as some information about church websites and general online presence work.
It was a highly fruitful day, many conversations were had with ministers about how livestreaming can be delivered in a cost-effective way, and can be used by people of all ages and abilities, making it sustainable for the future. The team also had on sale their new digital library USB sticks. These are customised, 4GB USB sticks containing tonnes of links, documents + advice on all-things digital. They are so handy to have as it contains all the eseential information in one place. You can contact us here if you’d like to buy one for the amazing price of just £3.
We also spoke to people about websites. Media for Ministry is proud to have been spearheading iChurch for the past 2 years. iChurch is the United Reformed Church’s own, WordPress-based website provider. It provides websites for about 130 URC’s, Methodist Churches, Church of England Benefices and other faith-based organisations. It is open to all and a new website costs just £150 + VAT to build!
Dan Morrell, Director of Media for Ministry said, “It was great to reconnect with old friends as well as meet new ones. Our presence there proved highly successful and fruitful for all involved. We spoke to over 20 ministers about our livestreaming equipment, and many more about what iChurch can offer their churches. This was particularly helpful for those who have struggled to break into the digital world in the past 2 years. We’re hugely passionate about prioritising getting churches online in some way. It’s our bread and butter”.
The gathering itself brought together approximately 250 Ministers of Word and Sacraments and Church Related Community Workers (CRCW) for 4 days of inspiration, connection and revitalisation. You can find out more about the event here.