THROUGHOUT the lockdown period, Uplyme Church’s YouTube and telephone services, combined with fellowship meet-ups on video conferencing app Zoom, have provided invaluable social contact, especially for elderly and shielding members of the community.
At the start of lockdown a dedicated team had to rapidly learn video editing tools. On YouTube they create weekly online content, pulling together contributions from members of the congregation who suddenly had to adapt to read, praying or preaching in front of their phones and tablets.
The team create traditional and contemporary style services, giving a choice depending on your temperament or how delicate you’re feeling.
The traditional service has more spoken words and gentler music, while the contemporary has more modern music and a craft activity.
Interestingly, the online services are being watched by more people than would have attended the Sunday services in normal times.
For those who would struggle with a service on YouTube, Uplyme Church is also providing a dial-in telephone service which is valued and well-attended.
The church is now open again for services but the YouTube and telephone services, and Zoom chat continue to support folk who can’t get to church.
Because the YouTube service is online, it can be experienced whenever convenient, usually available from late Saturday night every week.
Four months of online services have resulted in some truly profound talks. So that these don’t get lost, the team are repackaging them as nuggets – a brief reading, talk and music, ideal for busy people on the go.
The Reverend Nicky Davies, who was appointed team vicar of the Axe Valley Mission Community during lockdown, said: “Having only recently been appointed to serve here, I was delighted to discover a range of online content being produced including the YouTube services.
“What makes the YouTube content so special is the variety on offer: both more traditional and contemporary, and things aimed at young people too.
“The team that produce this are particularly creative. This has been of huge benefit whilst our churches were closed, and continues to be enjoyed by many, now that we are back with limited services in our churches. Huge thanks must go to all involved.”
If you want to find out more, search for ‘Uplyme Church YouTube Channel’ or contact the Reverend Nicky Davies by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org