A few things learned in lockdown

There’s a few things we’ve learned about streamed services over the last few weeks that will be fun to share with you all as my blog this week.

RBC is brimming with talent and creativity

I have so loved involving folks who may not normally get involved with our Sunday services. It’s been wonderful to showcase our wonderful diverse community and to let ideas run and develop. We’ve had some amazing creative moments in our services and there’s more still to come.

Nearly live is better than live

The service is live streamed, but all the content is pre-recorded. I usually record my introductions and welcomes on Sunday morning at about 7:30 AM to make it as current as possible. But apart from week 1 nothing else has gone out live.  This allows us to cater for potential glitches and problems that inevitably arise with technology.

Location location location

I record my sermons on site at Church using a green screen with Theo as my cameraman. It’s quiet, empty and with great acoustics. Outside recordings always look great but pick up a lot of ambient noise and traffic so unless you have a really professional set up it’s better to record inside.

Licences and copyright

Did you know most weeks we pick up a warning about a potential breach of copyright or licence for the music we use? This has been a very complicated area depending on whether we use pre-recorded music or live performance and so it limits our song choices.

The worship leaders want to lead not perform

Which is why we don’t show the musicians playing but just have their music, voices, and the words on the screen.  Recording a small worship set can take a long time sometimes, up to eight hours to get everything right. That’s dedication and commitment!

10 minutes is a long time

We’ve tried to keep all the talks, teaching and sermons to as close to ten minutes as possible. Research suggests that people have a much shorter attention span on screen (think how short and concise news articles are) and are likely to be distracted if someone is on screen for longer than ten minutes. This has been a great discipline – if you can’t say it in ten minutes are you saying too much?

Facebook has been the best option for us so far

This has been such a tricky area to get right but Facebook live has been the most convenient and easy platform to broadcast from, especially as it allows the comments and interactions we enjoy on a Sunday morning. You don’t have to be registered with Facebook to join the service – but can connect through the church website.

After service chat rooms are both fun and frustrating

The best way to join the zoom after service chat rooms is to have your camera on and name clearly displayed. Samsung G5 and iPhone 6s won’t be allowed in as we don’t know who you are. This is to keep the rooms safe from zoom bombing! If you don’t know that is… trust me it’s bad!

Visitors and guests to our services are all followed up

As best we can and welcomed to RBC community

Bloopers and outtakes

I’m told that Matt and Rachel are keeping a store of mistakes and outtakes ready to play at some later date. I feel very nervous but am wondering whether this could be a good fund raiser for RBC…

The new normal

The reality is that online streamed services are going to be how we must do things for much longer than we originally anticipated. It’s going to months before we can go back to the Sunday services we used to have. So the team (and it’s a big team that pull the service together) are committed to learning, improving, honing, producing and delivering the best service we can to allow us to continue to worship, encourage and grow together as a church community. This is a new way of living that we are all adapting to. I know that its not for everyone.

RBC is very adaptable

I am so amazed and grateful at how people have adjusted to zoom, Facebook, and other online media as we grow together as a community. What a church we are. Thank you for being so gracious and adaptable.

See you Sunday online at 10

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