For many of the churches across Canada, COVID has changed how we do “Church”. Technology has allowed many of us to meet online, using video and written content. We have realized, “We, the people, are the “Church” – not the building. Yet many of us are wondering, “What’s next”? In the last few months, workshops are overfilled with several hundred people interested. Read on to see some of what is happening…
In March of 2020, the UCRMN held a workshop called “Mini Workshop on Practical Technology for Rural Churches”. This workshop was to whet your appetite to experiment with technology and online resources. You can find the summary of that workshop here.
In May, Faith Lead from the United States offered a three session (weekly) workshop on “How to do Hybrid Church”, for the cost of $119 US. This workshop was so popular that 150 people where placed into 3 cohorts (with 50 in each), in the first week. In June and August, Faith Lead is hosting more of these workshops. More information can be found here.
In June, United in Learning, in partnership with Toronto United Church Council (TUCC) hosted a three session (Weekly) seminar (with over 350 people signed up) called, “The Church Has Left the Building: How will we combine online and in-person church?” Cost was $30 CDN. United in Learning is looking at future workshops. More information cen be found here.
Lots of information has been shared. One thread keeps showing up:
- Start where you are with what you have!
- Your first few attempts will be terrible – but you will get better.
- Use what you have. If you have a Smart Phone – you have all you need to get started.
- If you are the only one to do it – Go for it!
- Have fun. Do something. You will grow into what God is leading you to do.
- Check out what the thousands of United Churches are doing on YouTube and FaceBook. Use what you like and leave what doesn’t work for you.
- If you wait until you are perfect – you will never get started.
- Don’t make it more complicated – it doesn’t have to be.
- You are the “Expert” in your Rural Congregation, and you know what works better than anyone.
Sign up for one of the workshops or check out the summaries. JUST DO IT!