Find online church services, youth and children’s resources, streaming and social media guides and more
When I first had the idea of UK Church Online I knew that there was a need for a directory of useful links and resources for the Church to engage with during lockdown, however I didn’t expect for it to expand to what it is.
My name is Samuel Higgins, but you can call me Sam. I’m a youth minster across three churches in Peterborough, and currently in my final year of my theology ministry and mission degree.
I set up the UK Church Online website as a little side project and didn’t think it would grow to what it is now.
I set up the website because I saw the need to help people who were in lockdown connect with the local church and with God. I knew that some churches would find the online world a struggle and some people wouldn’t know where or what to turn to online. So I got to work at throwing together a website that directed people to what I felt they would need to be church online during this time and not loose faith while in lockdown. As the weeks and month has gone on, the website has expanded and reached far more people than I had ever first imagined.
Since launching on 19th March 2020 the website has had over 1,750 views on the website with people finding it really helpful on a Sunday morning finding the right online church service to engage with for them. People have also been connecting with the music playlists, youth and children’s resources, prayer tools and just really getting stuck in across the whole site.
We’ve also seen over 380 members on our facebook group, where people have been getting really stuck in sharing resources they find, praying for one another and sharing their local services, its been amazing to see and hearing about how the group is blessing them and helping them to be church during this tough and uncertain time.
I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s been sharing and supporting and getting stuck in to bring church to their local communities online.
I, Sam, am just one 25 year old, sat at home filming and editing 2 or 3 online services every week, while also trying to complete my disseration and assingments for my degree… plus keeping on top of updating this website and the facebook group. Thank you for your support and your prayers.
How can we support you?
A few of people have been asking how can we support you Sam during this busy time?
Pray. Please keep me in your prayers as I get stuck in to so many different creative tasks, pray that I dont burn out and I find time to juggle everything.
Continue to share. Get stuck in on the UK Church Online facebook group and share any tips, resources, prayers or anything you think the wider Church would benefit from.
Donate. I dont like asking for money, and I’m not expecting any. This website has been paid for out of my own pocket. Luckily I already run my own website and had web hosting that I could use that I was already paying for (over £100 a year) however the cost of the domain name and small parts of facebook ads and google ads are coming out of my own pocket.
If you would like to donate some money towards the upkeep of the website then click the paypal button below, it is really much appreciated.
If you have any feedback, ideas, or tips, please comment below or share on the facebook group.
Once again, thank you very much and I pray that this website will continue to bless you and the wider Church.
Samuel Higgins – UK Church Online