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Building the Church - Audiovisually
AV is how we can meet right now!
A strategic vision for AV
It's thanks to our AV team that we've been able to gather over the past year through Zoom. We'll continue meeting at 10am in this way until we no longer need to keep socially distant (though we hope to back for communion at 0845 soon).
So far, they've done this with minimal equipment, mainly borrowed or repurposed, and as a Church Council and Ministry team we have been looking to the future.
The Church Council has recently approved a new strategic vision for the use of audiovisual technology within the life of St Francis Church.
Essentially this vision is to:
- Provide remote services for all unable to attend in person including post-pandemic.
- Enable extended access to our services such as:
- Availability of recordings weekly for later reflection or catch-up
- Broadcast on local radio monthly or more – live if possible, otherwise of a recorded service.
- Live stream of baptism, wedding and funeral services, where requested, and not to professional standards
- Enable use of AV as a form of ministry & outreach - giving an opportunity to pop in on line before doing so in person, home groups without baby sitters etc
The council also approved the project to begin to assemble the equipment and technology necessary to enable this vision to be fulfilled. The cost of this project is estimated to be in the region of £13,000.
Some twenty years ago, the church had a vision to extend its ministry and outreach through better use of its buildings by embarking on an ambitious building extension program at a cost of close to £200,000. The benefit of that program has been manifest in numerous ways.
This new vision is seen to be once again looking forward to the probable needs for our church to serve our community over the next twenty years. Although the project has been given the go ahead, we now need to raise the funds for its completion. As before, the council have envisaged this as requiring its own fund raising, separate to our ongoing annual budget.
This vision has been developed over several months by an experienced team, and in expectation of its adoption, some donations have already been received. These will become the start of an account which the finance team will manage over the coming months. Any donations specifically for the project will be most welcomed by the finance team on behalf of the Church Council. Please give via our website 'donate button'or contact our treasurer Andy: email@example.com.
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