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 week, the second Sunday of lent, we are thinking about faith. It's also our last service before we take a two week rest, coming back to celebrate our anniversary with the Bishop of Europe on March 21st. We will be live at 12 noon on YouTube https://youtu.be/R_wpWFlMbl4 Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/564485441080665 as well as here and on the website https://allsaintstenerife.org/

As always, the service sheet can be found at https://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.

As it seems like these services are still useful, and we don't have any clear feeling for when they will stop, we have decided to take a couple of Sundays off. It is not so much the service itself but rather all of the planning and preparation that goes into them that can be a little taxing at times. Therefore our next service will mark our first anniversary on March 21st and we're pleased to welcome the Bishop of Europe to preach at that service. For the two Sundays that we'll be missing, we're encouraging people to join with the online services from Lanzarote and Fuerte Ventura. We'll post the links here.


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.

If you'd like some more detail and some instructions on how to do it yourself, Rachel has written a step-by-step guide.

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:


Canarian Physical Churches

St Francis (South Tenerife): https://www.anglicanchurchtenerife.com/

All Saints (North Tenerife): https://allsaintstenerife.org/

St James (Fuerteventura): https://fuertechurch.org/

St Laurence (Lanzarote): http://lanzarotechurch.com/

Holy Trinity (Gran Canaria): https://www.facebook.com/Gran.Canaria.Anglican


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

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