Clergy Corner – June 1, 2020

What do you do when you are want to stay safe and away from Covid-19 and you still need to be the Church?

Well, for starters, it changes how you do things! And, I suspect those things will forever be changed.

Rev. Rowe has wanted to stream our services ever since his ordination and assignment to St. Stephen’s. I would listen, smile, and think to myself, you just go ahead and play with that, but it’s not gonna happen.

Toby played around with it a couple of times, but there just wasn’t a strong enough WIFI signal in the nave for him to make an effective video; and we do not have adequate microphone connectors for the audio recording to be clear enough to understand. But, he tried, and I thought, “That’s nice!”

Now look at us! Fr. Toby’s dreams are coming true! We are televangelists! This week, if all goes as planned, we will be getting wiring run to the loft and to the pulpit. We already have a new router and it will be dedicated for live streaming our worship services from the nave and sanctuary. Boy, am I glad I never said aloud, “Toby, that will never happen.” Eating that crow would leave a bad taste in my mouth!

In truth, we are having amazing success reaching people who have never attended a live service at St. Stephen’s, but they are worshiping with us on-line! We have had more activity on our Facebook page during the past two months than we have in the past 10 years combined (OK, that’s not an official statistic, just my perception of what is happening.)

I hope and pray that when we are able to return safelyto worship that all our members will return and just maybe some folks will come visit us because they like the traditional worship that they have had the opportunity to experience with us.

We will still have bugs to work out with the sound and the video …getting that right equipment to use with our laptop computer to feed a good video and audio signal …but it’s coming! Congratulations Rev. Rowe!