Providing Content for Christchurch Services

Thank you for being willing to provide content for our online service.

Videos or just audio, can be recorded using your phone, iPad or a computer and we will do all the editing and remove the excess at the start and end. We can extract just the audio from a video should it be awkward to make your phone record just audio.

For 2021 – a New “Magazine” Style Format

Starting from the new year we will be encouraging a more “magazine” style format, rather than a having single service video. We want people not to be forced into watching a long video in one session, but break the service into segments so people can dip and out of it. It also allows contributions of something other than audio or video – for example, pictures, drawings or text.

Click for guidance for those reading scripture
  • We will only use the audio so you only need to provide sound.  If it is easier for you, you are welcome to record a video and I’ll extract the audio element of it.
  • Unless stated otherwise please read from the NIV bible.
  • Please finish with “This is the word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God”.
  • The reading will be on the webpage as text alongside your audio. Some people find it easier to concentrate when scripture is read to them. It also allows people to connect with a familiar voice.

Click for guidance for those leading prayers
  • We will only use the audio so you don’t need to provide a video.  If it is easier for you, you are welcome to record a video and I’ll extract the audio element of it.
  • Please provide your prayers in the form of text (a word document) or typed into an email.  It will be copied into the webpage alongside the audio.  We want people to be able to read the prayers without necessarily listening to the audio but many find the audio helps.

Click for guidance for those providing sermons
  • These are Videos to help people engage with what you are saying.  Please see the guidance at the end of this page. We can overlay images should that help explain or highlight a point.
  • By default, this will be uploaded to our YouTube Channel. Feel free to ask me not to do this, if you’d prefer it just to be on the Church Website.
  • Your sermon (message) will also be provided as audio on the teaching pages of the website.
  • Please do stand back from the camera – If you don’t I can’t reframe the video.  Despite your best efforts, it is unlikely to be level – I will zoom and level it for you.
  • Best results are with a single video.  If you do want to provide video segments for me to stitch together, please limit it to 3.  If you are too close to the camera and do not return your head to the same position at the start and end of each video you will limit my ability to stitch it together without it looking odd.  Alternatively, choose a different location (or even camera angle) for each of your video segments so the transition doesn’t have to be smooth.
  • Please provide a title, and a short paragraph or two (as text) to draw people into watching the sermon. However, don’t give away your punch line.  This will appear above the video. This is vital – give people a reason to look out and be ready for your key points. Without this your message is much less likely to “stick”.
  • Sermons have a picture (thumbnail). If you have an image in mind let me know otherwise I choose one for you.
  • Please add a blessing at the end.

Click for guidance for those providing a welcome video
  • These are Videos so people see a friendly (welcoming) face.  Please see the guidance at the end of this page.
  • A single Video, please.
  • Please do stand back from the camera – If you don’t I can’t reframe the video.  Despite your best efforts, it is unlikely to be level – I will zoom and level it for you.
  • Welcome both Christchurch and Kenn Road Methodist Church.
  • I will add text to highlight key notices. These can be links to other websites.


To send audio and video files to me, click the button on the right and follow the instructions to upload to my dropbox.

You don’t need a dropbox account. Your name and email address are only for my benefit to say who the video has come from.

More “detailed instructions” are below.

If you need help feel free to send me an email – James Covey-Crump at techteam@christchurch-clevedon.org.uk

Click for detailed instructions for uploading using a Laptop or PC
Click for detailed instructions for uploading using iPhones and iPads

Alternatively, for small files such as audio recordings – you can send me them by email. On an iPhone or iPad, click here for advice (share it by “Messages”).


Click for detailed instructions for uploading using Android phones

Alternatively, for small files such as audio recordings – you can send me them by email. On an Android phone once you have made the audio recording, look for the three dots connected by lines ( icon), for older devices it might be the menu ( icon) followed by “Send file”. Then select “Gmail” or “Email”.

Alternatively, you are welcome to send me files by other means. I don’t recommend sending videos by WhatsApp as that drastically reduces the video quality.

Here are just a few key points for recording video

If possible record at Video Quality 1080p, but if you don’t know what that is don’t worry about it!
The content and your delivery of it is far more important than video quality.


To avoid large black bars, please video horizontally.

Remember to smile at the start and the end of the video.


The camera is elevated, so Kate and Martha don’t look down on it. There is a little distance so I can reframe it if needed.

They have something in the background to add some interest.

They have left room for Subtitles and Name Captions.


Due to licensing complications – please avoid any background music in your recording.

It is easily added during editing, and you are welcome to make suggestions.


Important! Please don’t rush to start and stop the recording otherwise, we will see you reaching for the camera in the final video.

Wait two seconds before and after, enough time for a smile!

We’ll trim off the rest.