Networked Parish – Socially distanced but still connected
There is a possibility that religious worship will be suspended through much of 2020.But we can keep the flame of faith burning online.
- An impressive number of parishes are now livestreaming Mass – you can see a current list here.
- Technology is proving to be a lifeline for individuals and parishes during lockdown, as this story from a Loughborough parish shows.
- We’re gathering a growing list of ideas from parishes finding ways to stay connected while socially-distanced. Why not discuss these with your parish priest and fellow parishioners – or let us know anything else your parish is doing.
It can be hard to know how to get started with interactive communications. That's why we have published a simple guide for parishes on online communications.
More and more parishes are setting up social media or video-conferencing. If you feel yours lacks the skills or confidence to get started, help is at hand. We’re undertaking a survey of parishes to establish what support they need. And if you have some basic IT skills we invite you to volunteer a couple of hours of your time.
There are some additional safeguarding considerations for use of video-conferencing, particularly with children and vulnerable adults. Read the latest official guidance.