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Making Online Church Accessible (MOCA)




Join us Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the Havens Center at St. Stephen’s or on Zoom as we continue the MOCA  (Making Online Community Accessible) series. We are exploring a number of questions:

  • What does it mean to be a hybrid church?
  • How do we invite and welcome each other using online tools and platforms?
  • What have we learned about this during the pandemic and how might we improve?
  • What is online community? Is that even possible?

Below is a sample of some of the discussions we have held so far.

What have we learned from our own experiences participating in online worship?

  • It’s not very satisfying. And now that we are back in person, it is hard to stay focused online.
  • The sound quality is poor. At first we were very forgiving about technical issues, but now we are more picky.
  • Small groups, such as the anti-racism group, work well online.

Who are we as a community and what do we want to cultivate? Who can we reach and how can we reach them? What’s our calling?

  • We love music and singing together
  • We embrace progressive values
  • We are authentic and inclusive
  • Whatever we do online should be reflective of our culture.
  • We should be bold and innovative, willing to take risks.

 What new ministries emerged during the pandemic?  What will we retain moving forward?

  • Zoom, online church, Facebook Live
  • We tried to create sacred space in our homes and in our bodies.
  • The Rosary ministry used Facebook Messenger to reach new people, including participants from Colorado, California, and Kentucky. Bible Study has also reached new people by going online.
  • By going online, we were able to combat loneliness
  • With Zoom meetings, participants don’t have to battle traffic to attend.
  • Zoom helped broaden leadership and widen our demographics

What ministries do we need to restore?

  • Ushering
  • Hospitality
  • Small intimate groups
  • Hybrid formation for adults and children together