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Please stay up to date on recommendations from the CDC and from state health officials.

Below are some helpful suggestions to consider from a variety of sources.

 

Considerations for Church Leadership

Immediate Response

Tools for Online Giving

Online Giving Opportunities

Tools for Church at a Distance


Additional Resources & Articles

Updates about COVID-19

Resources for Individuals

Transitioning


Licensing

Churches using hymns or other copyrighted music in their online worship services must have a license to do so – just the same as is required for printed copies of protected music. Several services offer streaming licenses, ranging in price from around $100 for churches with attendance in the 1-25 range, to near $600 for churches with up to 1,100 in attendance. Here are links to the three prominent licensing companies’ tools:

To help churches in this period of coronavirus challenges, here are some special offers and prices:

  • United Methodist Book of Worship and UM Hymnal Ritual Resources: United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) announced it is granting permission to livestream and post online selected content from the United Methodist Book of Worship (BOW). The ritual resources in The United Methodist Hymnal (the standard Sunday service materials, Psalter (but not music), funeral, wedding, and morning and evening prayer) for which UMPH owns copyright are also approved for livestreaming and posting online for a limited time (until August 30).  Read more here.
  • CCLI is offering a 10% discount on the first full year of a streaming license for any church wishing to add on to their existing CCLI Copyright License. This offer ends April 30. https:// mailchi.mp/ccli.com/need-to-stream-your-service-resend?e=ccd311dad6
  • Hymnary provides the lyrics, full copyright information and real history of the hymns included there. View

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