‘Using Technology to Support Funeral Ministry’. This very practical webinar explored some of the ways that you can create a simple online service on the day of a funeral for those who can’t attend in person.
Included in this discussion were services that can be pre-prepared and delivered from your home, and how this can help to extend hope and comfort to the bereaved. Whatever your level of confidence with technology, there are still lots of things you can do to support those who grieve.
Video recording of the live webinar:
NB: We have provided English closed captions for this video – click the Subtitles/Closed Captions icon on the player to enable them.
Use these PDFs downloads of the presenters’ slides to be reminded of the key points:
- Slides from The Revd Canon Sandra Millar, Head of Life Events. Download here: Webinar funerals technology 22nd May
- Slides from The Revd Jane Natrass, Vicar of Gosforth St Nicholas, Diocese of Newcastle. Download here: Funerals using technology
- Slides from Tom Pearson, Technical Consultant fro the Life Events Team at the Church of England. Download here: Tom Pearson Webinar Funerals Technology 22 May 2020
Links and suggestions
- Life Events Diary – FREE software for every Church of England church. Join a webinar to find out more: https://lifeeventsdiary.org/webinars
Upcoming webinars: 17th June, 23rd June, 1st July, 21st July, 30th July 2020
Custom-built online software which can radically streamline administration for baptisms, weddings, banns and funerals. The Life Events Diary helps churches build and develop lasting relationships with new contacts through life events. https://lifeeventsdiary.org
- https://be.live and https://streamyard.com Live stream to a personal Profile, a Group, or Page on Facebook, or to YouTube
- Have guest presenters from multiple locations.
- Share your screen (PowerPoint, Keynote, etc), show video and photos.
- Put messages on screen
- Show comments from viewers with one click.
- Watch an example of Be Live in action at: https://www.facebook.com/206433672762998/videos/2529944543939112/
https://uk.ccli.com – It honours the artists and publishers who create music. The CCLI “makes creative works available and licensing simple, legal and affordable”
- Light A Candle – For any occasion: https://www.churchofengland.org/our-faith/light-candle and specifically for funerals: http://churchofenglandfunerals.org/lightacandle
- Church Tech Facebook Groups https://www.facebook.com/groups/churchtechuk and https://www.facebook.com/groups/churchcommscollectiveuk
- Church of England’s guide to setting up Zoom Meetings (as opposed to Zoom Webinars) https://www.churchofengland.org/more/church-resources/digital-labs/labs-learning-blog/how-use-zoom-church-meeting-bible-study
- Church of England’s guide to ‘Going Live’ on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/church-resources/digital-labs/labs-learning-blog/beginners-guide-going-live-your-service-or
- Zoom alternatives include WebEx, BlueJeans, LiveStorm, Google Meet (formally Google Hangouts), and of course there are ways of using WhatsApp group calling, Facebook Group calling, FaceTime, and Skype. The key is to pick a platform which is right for you and for your scenario.
- Royalty Free Music (especially useful if you’re putting video or photos to music): SoundStripe, Artist.io, Epidemic Music