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Methodist Central Hall, Westminster launches new website

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Since the UK-wide lockdown was introduced in March, all church buildings were closed, and churches have to look at different ways of operating. Methodist Central Hall Westminster opted to ‘live-stream’ their services via YouTube so that they could reach the maximum number of people. Since mid-March MCHW has reached over 156,000 individuals and families from all over the world - their service on Sunday, 5th July has attracted over 20,000 views in its first week, audiences that would have filled the historic Great Hall ten times over!

This Sunday, 19th July MCHW will launch their new website ‘MCHW.LIVE’ as a permanent home for their online services. People can still view and interact with the services on YouTube, but the simplest and preferred method is via the ‘MCHW.LIVE’ website.

At first, MCHW broadcast from an innovative ‘SmartStage’ studio delivered by their AV Partners, White Light Ltd. However, since measures were eased in June, Revd Tony Miles, Superintendent Minister at MCHW, has been broadcasting live from the Chapel inside the historic building and he is joined by other contributors from across the country via Zoom. Revd Miles said, ‘During the war years William Sangster would fill the Great Hall for evenings services, many of whom were gathered from other churches and beyond. Today, during a crisis of a different kind, MCHW is reaching even greater numbers by making use of new technology. We are encouraged that these services
are serving the wider Church and also impacting the lives of those who wouldn’t normally attend a church service.’

Dan Forshaw, Communications & Digital Media Co-Ordinator at Methodist Central Hall Westminster said, ’We realised quite early on that some form of live-streamed Sunday service was going to continue for the long-term. We are delighted to bring the website online so that as many people as possible can find an easy way to take part in our church services online. Our developers have worked closely with us to ensure the new site has everything people will need to interact with the services, be that singing, praying and listening to the sermon all from the comfort of their own home.’

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1. Methodist Central Hall is a global Christian family following Jesus at the heart of London. With members from over 35 national groupings the church has been based in its historic building since 1912. In 1946 the church moved out for two months so that the first meeting of the United Nations could take place in the Great Hall. In 1966 the Jules Rimet World Cup trophy was stolen from the building and the first performance of Joseph and Amazing Technicolored Dream coat took place.

2. In March Methodist Central Hall Westminster moved online to their YouTube channel. They have seen amazing growth and their services have been featured on the BBC and even Spanish TV as examples of good practice for churches online.

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