It’s that time of year again – Christmastime! It’s also the busiest time of the year for churches all around the world. During the holiday season especially, many pastors and leadership groups are seeking new ways to reach a bigger congregation. In fact, some have already discovered one of the best ways to increase their reach – by streaming live church services.
When it comes to trying live streaming, however, creating or finding good content is often the sticking point. And that’s where the Dacast streaming solutions come into play! In this article, we’ll review five Christmas program ideas for streaming live church services today.
- Christmas plays
- Choir & music performances
- Youth programs
- Shared video content
#1. Christmas Plays
First up on our list of Christmas programs for streaming live church services are plays.
Putting on a play or pageant is an engaging way to involve the whole congregation in a Christmas-themed activity. Christmas plays are popular for good reason. First, they’re enjoyable and familiar to watch. Additionally, they can teach powerful lessons that are hard to digest in other mediums. In fact, there are dozens of great plays available online based on both new stories and the Bible. For example, one good source for play ideas is The Skit Guys, which includes a list of plays and links to purchase the scripts.
In terms of streaming live church services, Christmas plays are ideal not only because they’re fun, interactive, and educational. More importantly, churches can easily record and playback their performances in the future. For inspiration, you can check out this online archive of Christmas play for youth, a topic we’ll cover in more detail below.
Overall, if you’re short on content for streaming (or if the play turned out so well that you have to see it again!), you can reuse it. Whether past plays that your congregation put on, plays staged by neighboring churches or plays with professional actors, they’re sure to generate excitement and Christmas spirit when you stream the video online.
#2. Choir & Other Music Performances
The power of voices raised together in song is impossible to ignore. That’s why choir performances can be another great content idea for streaming live church services. During the Christmas season, it’s the perfect time for beautiful choirs to sing together in harmony.
While experiencing live music in person is best, catching a performance via streaming video isn’t far behind. With good quality recording equipment, your favorite choir performances can live on for years and continue to inspire your congregants – wherever they happen to be.
Relatedly, another suitable content type for streaming live church services is Christian music in general. Your church channel can provide a nice source of background music for those watching your stream. A good source for finding Christian music videos is the music section of www.GodTube.com. But remember – you’ll need to secure rights to these videos before you play them to your congregation. (The only exception to this rule is for musics marked for “fair use.”)
The sermon is part of the core of every church, and for good reason; it’s rare in modern culture that people sit in quiet contemplation while spiritual leaders offer guidance in navigating the troubles of the world.
Today, we recommend that every church records their sermons. In fact, about one-third of parishioners today first learned about their chosen church services online. Video recording equipment is just too high-quality and too cheap to make excuses anymore. Plus, you never know when your pastor is going to touch inspiration and deliver the homily of a lifetime.
A powerful sermon is a sermon that tells a story. Likewise, what is the Bible but a collection of stories? Around the world and across time, stories that seek to make sense of the world have inspired people and communities. So, recording these stories makes good sense, too!
Yes, church attendance increases by almost 50% during Christmas. However, it’s possible to reach an even greater audience using live streaming and VOD streaming solutions. If you’re recording live content, in other words, why not also stream it? Live sermons allow you to reach members of your church who are traveling or even reach new audiences around the world.
#4. Youth programs
Today, many parents aren’t comfortable letting their children simply watch mainstream television or browse the internet without supervision. And this is why youth-oriented content is a great application for streaming live church services.
Some churches, for example, choose to record important Sunday School lessons and activities. Then, they can play these back via video stream during a designated time for children’s programs.
In terms of content options, these programs can be interactive and involve singing, repeat-after-me, or other techniques to help educate and engage youth in a fun and accessible way.
#5. Shared Video Content
As you know, Christmas also brings out the giving spirit. Luckily, there is no shortage of Christmas-themed video content that other churches and community groups have already created. And this means that you can use that shared content for streaming during the month of December.
First, check out these 15 excellent (and free) videos from the fascinating blog That Happy Certainty. These musical and uplifting productions are sure to be crowd-pleasers! Another 45 great Christmas videos can be found at Communicate Jesus, a website dedicated to digital inspiration for ministry. This list contains some content that churches must purchase before you can play it at your church or on a live stream. Nonetheless, the prices are reasonable and likely affordable for many churches.
Additionally, there are other forms of shared video material your church can use. For example, let’s say you saw a sermon, play, or choir performance at another church that was particularly moving and powerful. You may be able to contact the congregation that produced the material and request a recording. Most churches will provide this sort of content without charge as another way to spread the word. Others may ask for nominal fees to help them cover the costs of production.
Capture the Christmas Spirit with Streaming Live Church Services
Christmas is a special and holy time of year. Many people experience warm and happy feelings as they celebrate the birth of Christ, community connection and family holiday traditions. And it’s a time for reflection on all that has come in the previous year, as well as all that will come in the following year.
Likewise, Christmas offers an ideal opportunity to expand your reach with streaming live church services. As we covered in this post, your church can be a part of the digital age too! To start streaming live church services, remember to first compile compelling content for distribution to your congregation.
We hope this list helps motivate you to consider giving streaming live church services a try. In fact, we hope you’ll consider streaming live church services with Dacast. For a 30-day free trial (no credit card required) to test our platform for yourself, just click the link below:YES, SIGN ME UP
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By Elise Lagarde.