Tenerife (and others) Virtual Church

Short service - live video stream

There will be a live act of worship at 12 noon each Sunday during the lockdown, hosted by Reverends Rachel Ganney and Ron Corne, with Dr Paul Ganney. It will be available here, on the Tenerife (and others) Virtual Church Facebook group (click here to join it) and also on YouTube. The stream will be live from 11:45 and the service will start at 12.

This Sunday is the last Sunday before advent, also known as Christ the King. We will be live at 12 noon on YouTube https://youtu.be/RJD9eeGoPP4 Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/564485441080665 as well as here and on our websites https://allsaintstenerife.org/ and http://tenerifesouthchurches.com/

As always, the service sheet can be found at http://tenerifevirtual.church/servicesheet.pdf and please be ready with something similar to bread and wine if you'd like to join in with the agape meal part of the service.

**Calling all musicians and singers!**

It is looking increasingly unlikely that our traditional carol services will be able to go ahead this year, in fact, Christmas may look rather different for all of us.

We will still find ways to celebrate, whatever the circumstances, and with this in mind we'd like to invite any singers and musicians (wherever you are in the world) to join us as we prepare for an online carol service.

Over the next weeks we'll be emailing out backing tracks and asking people to play / sing along with them to become part of a virtual choir. It's very straight forward - most people listen to the music over headphones and then record their own parts on their phone or computer - but we're here to help as needed. We expect to be sending out approximately two carols every fortnight, and there's no commitment to completing all of the carols - just as many or as few as you like.

It seems strange to be singing carols in November, but our efforts will be appreciated come Christmas. We'll be back in touch with further details for those of you who would like to join the service itself, whether or not you're part of the choir.

If you have any questions or you'd like to take part please email choir@tenerifevirtual.church

Happy Singing!


A special gift for the children in your lives who you may not get to see this Christmas

Virtual Church regular and secretary to the Anglican Church in Lanzarote Sunny Schwarz has come up with the lovely idea of a personalised Christmas story, read by grandparents, godparents, aunts, uncles or anyone who may not get to visit the children in their lives this Christmas time.

It's completely free and very easy to take part, you send us a recording of yourself reading along to the story together with the names of the children you're dedicating it to, and Sunny will do the rest. You'll get a personalised (private) YouTube link or a download as you prefer. We can help with the recording if you like.

We think that this is a lovely way to mark a Christmas that may be difficult for many of us, and are very grateful to Sunny and our friends in Lanzarote for allowing us the opportunity to take part.

You can see an example here; please get in touch if you'd like to know more.


People have asked what it's like putting the service together.

We rely on contributions from many people (singers, musicians, readers, prayers, clergy) to make the service work. Then we do some technical preparation, followed by the service itself.

It is a lot of work, but we think it's worth it. We hope you do too.


A review of the first few months

In July 2020 the disocese asked for "lockdown stories" of how church had been delivered during lockdown. We edited this together as our contribution. It's just under 5 minutes long - we hope you enjoy it.


Virtual Church "on the road"

In September 2020, we packed all the equipment required for the Virtual Church into the car and took the service on the road. The purpose was to be able to fulfil two needs at the same time: to provide a Communion service for the people of All Saints while continuing to enable the virtual congregation to worship together live. Once there and connected to the Parsonage’s Internet connection (the only thing we couldn’t transport), Rachel went through to the church to preside and preach while Paul set up the rest of the equipment and started the pre-service stream. Rachel returned for the start of the service.

Having proved that it is possible (this one was a bit of an experiment) in All Saints, we now see no reason why it couldn’t work almost anywhere, freeing us up to assist other churches while still tending to the online congregation. There are already some other possibilities being explored.


Resources

During lockdown, we've compiled many resources and they're all collected below:


If you'd like to get in touch, please email rachel@tenerifevirtual.church

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