The natural instinct for many will be to access something similar to the Sunday morning in person experience. The Church of Scotland will be providing an online service each Sunday during this time which will allow people to access a time of prayer, music and reflection on scripture led by people from across the Kirk.  Sunday broadcasts of a weekly service are also available on BBC Radio 4, Radio Scotland and other radio stations.

It is possible for local worship leaders to stream some parts of a service for their own congregation. This can be done on most social media platforms, including youtube, facebook and twitter. We would ask you to follow government advice around physical distancing and not to gather other people such as musicians together to lead a service.

There are lots of useful guides to how to do this covering everything from practical advice to guidance on copyright and music. Some belong to a day when recording a whole, live service was possible. It will be again.

• Circular from the Church of Scotland Law Department, including information on copyright.

• Rural ministries have issued a really comprehensive communication

• A beginner’s guide to going live with your service or event for free by the Church of England

• How to Livestream Your Church Service: A Practical Guide by The Gospel Coalition 

• Open Broadcaster Software is a free and open-source cross-platform streaming and recording program that plugs into Facebook Live and others. 

• CCLI have a concise article on recording, streaming and podcasting your services. 

• For those looking to learn to podcast here is a wee film from The Rev Bryony Taylor who has been learning how to do this.

• A note about livestreaming and song licencing in churches