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Here is some good news that we received this week from St Paul’s in Spennymoor who have been successful in bidding for a grant from the Allchurches Trust to support their online streaming plans.

A County Durham church has been awarded nearly £3,000 to help improve its digital outreach after live-streamed services proved popular during lockdown.

As the country went into lockdown in March, and with limited resources and technology, churches scrambled to find new ways of reaching their communities. But a grant of £2950 from the Allchurches Trust means St Paul’s church in Spennymoor, in the Diocese of Durham, can invest in new technology to improve its audio and visual content. With the pandemic still affecting people’s lives and more people joining services online, the church has accelerated its digital plans as it adapts for the future.

To help make services more accessible for people in the building and those joining in worship online, the grant will go towards funding a new camera and streaming equipment which will be integrated into the church’s existing sound system.

The Revd Matt Tarling, vicar of St Paul’s church said: “The pandemic has radically changed how we live our lives and will continue to do so for many months to come. Whilst this grant will enable us to improve our live-streamed services for those who are isolated and can’t get to church, it will also help us create a more inclusive and accessible community building for the future.”

With Christmas fast approaching and services expected to take a very different form this year, it is hoped that some of the new technology will be in place in time to help the church share the good news of the Christmas story online.

The church’s digital plans for 2021 include making live-streamed Sunday services a permanent arrangement; recruiting and training volunteers to oversee the technical output; exploring the idea of monitors, reducing reliance on books and other paper-based materials, as well as a launching new church website. Fundraising will continue to help the church realise their long-term digital plans.

The grant has been awarded by the Allchurches Trust which is one of the UK’s largest grant-making charities and gave £17.8 million to churches, charities and communities in 2019. Its funds come from its ownership of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group.

Spennymoor, 18/11/20 article supplied by the parish

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