Online worship guides

Despite the re-opening of churches and a clear desire to return to physical worship when it is safe, it is clear that many of those who have provide online worship during the pandemic would like to know how to improve on their offerings, or how to make their production more efficient. There has also been a thirst for knowledge over permission to use music, and copyright issues in general.

The communications team at the Scottish Episcopal Church has created two new documents which are deigned to provide support and guidance to those involved in delivering online worship, from those who, might be starting out for the first time to those who are well-practiced in this area but would like to consider further development of their offering.

A Guide to Producing Online Worship

  1. Live Streamed Worship
  2. Pre-recorded Worship

The two-part guide does not provide a definitive summary of all aspects of live or pre-recorded worship, but instead addresses many of the commonly asked questions and offers guidance on what type of online worship might best suit a congregations’ circumstances.

For some, the guides might not be detailed enough in some areas, and further external research might be required.

For others, the guides will look daunting and complex, but it should be stressed that not all sections will be applicable to the average reader, who can take from the guide whatever information they find useful and leave the rest.

We hope the guides will be useful as churches prepare for a future which embraces and utilises digital technology like never before. If you have any comments or suggestions to make, please contact Aidan Strange, Digital Communications Co-ordinator, at or Donald Walker, Director of Communications, at