What if online church was easy to connect to?
What if online church didn’t have to mean joining Facebook or downloading Zoom or navigating YouTube?
What if online church gave us a fuller sense of meeting together and of sharing something together at the same time?
Why can’t online church make it simple for people to respond or to ask for prayer?
Can we find a way to put the words of songs onscreen while we worship?
For all these reasons, and more, we are changing how we do online church, starting on Sunday 10th May.
In the meantime, everything stays THE SAME for Sunday 3rd May.
From 10th May, we meet at 360life.online.church.
That’s it! You open the web browser on your device (that’s the software you use to access websites, like the church website), type 360life.online.church into the address bar, and away you go.
The page will encourage you to register so that you can participate in the online chat, but you can just watch if you want to.
If you bookmark or favourite the address, finding us online becomes even simpler. We will also make it easy to connect from our church website and from all our spaces on social media.
The new format feels more like a typical Sunday morning service and will include worship (with song words on the screen) and a sermon. A chat facility will mean everyone can say hello and comment as we go along. There will always an option too on the screen to ask for prayer (which remains confidential). An online bible is built-in and we have an option to provide written notes to accompany the service as well.
The chat facility will be open for 10 minutes before the service begins and for 20 minutes or so afterwards. So you can hang around after the service just like you did before lockdown!
We will retain the Zoom Meet & Greet sessions beforehand, at 10am every Sunday. But these will need to finish promptly by 10:25am to allow everyone to get to church on time!
After the service has finished, we will post videos of the sermon and of the whole service to the church website, to YouTube and to Facebook. We want people to find us because we want people to find Jesus.
We have a lot of work to do to get ready for May 10th, but you can visit 360life.online.church whenever you like and take a peep. Remember though, it is still a building site! There may be teething problems too when we go live, but we will sort them out. The key thing is that we all invest time in meeting together as best we can in this lockdown period.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10:24–25 (NIV)