On Sunday 29th March, Methodist Central Hall Westminster (MCHW) delivered the first-ever live church service to be streamed from technical solutions specialist White Light’s (WL’s) SmartStage. This pioneering technology enabled the ministerial team to engage virtually with an international congregation of over 3000 people.
The service was streamed via YouTube, with viewers from as far afield as Ghana, Australia, Nigeria and the USA tuning in remotely. MCHW’s Deputy Superintendent Minister, Revd Tony Miles hosted the service directly from the SmartStage at WL’s Studio 15, with other ministers connecting remotely from the safety of their homes. Revd Tony comments: “As we were unable to conduct this service from our Chapel, due to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) crisis, using this technology as an alternative solution was an amazing experience. I was nervous beforehand, but I found it so easy to interact with the imagery and other content surrounding me, as well as my colleagues, all within this environment. We are very grateful to WL for enabling us to connect with our audience in this innovative way.”
WL’s Technical Solutions Director, Andy Hook adds: “SmartStage allows for multiple layers of interactivity to enhance the immersive experience for presenters and viewers alike. At a time when many are struggling with isolation and uncertainty, we are delighted that we could adapt our technology to help bring MCHW’s congregation back together.”
The full stream of Methodist Central Hall Westminster’s Morning Service from Sunday 29th March is available to view via their dedicated YouTube channel: youtube.com/mchwevents and their web site: Methodist-Central-Hall.org.uk.