Unlike so many churches, Water and Stone Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, is perfectly positioned to move from in-person Sunday services to live streaming those services from anywhere.
This Sunday, March 15, Water and Stone will switch to streaming-only services because the University of South Florida has closed the hall where the church holds its Sunday services. The university notified Water and Stone on Thursday, March 12, that its meeting space will be closed for 30 days to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“We have embraced alternative ministry and leveraged technology since our church’s inception,” noted the Rev. Dieter Randolph, who founded and leads Water and Stone Church. In an announcement to his congregation, he wrote: “Moving to an online-only Sunday service was an easy step for us, as we’ve been live-streaming our services, producing an audio podcast, and offering rebroadcasts of our events for some time now.”
Knowing that many churches are not as well-prepared as Water and Stone, Randolph has offered to help those congregations quickly move to online streaming. His blog post includes some basic information about how to get started. He also has offered his team’s assistance. For more information, read his post. To get help, contact Dieter.
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