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Updates to Online Worship

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The availability of Central's worship services online has been a valuable resource for several years now. It not only allows those unable to be present on Sunday mornings an opportunity to worship with us "live" online, but also can be an uplifting and encouraging mid-week blessing, available anytime and anyplace you have internet access. 

Obviously, since March of this year the importance of providing the best viewing experience possible has increased significantly. While many people have reported how much they have really enjoyed our livestream, there is always room for improvement. There are no guarantees of course - there are simply too many variables involved well outside of our control - but our goal is to make every viewer feel welcomed, appreciated, and engaged with worship.

To this end, by the end of June we will be transitioning to a new streaming partner, moving from the Livestream platform to Vimeo. Last week we simulcast on both platforms, and it was very successful. We will be doing the same thing this week, and by July plan to fully transition to Vimeo.

So, what does this mean for you?

  • If you currently view Central's worship services on our website, you DO NOT need to make any changes. Our services will remain accessible at www.centralpres.com/live.

  • If you prefer joining us on Facebook Live, you DO NOT need to make any changes. We will continue to simulcast to Facebook from Vimeo, just as we are now from Livestream.

  • If you are currently using the Livestream app (on your phone, tablet, or smart t.v.), you WILL NEED to download  the Vimeo app. By the end of June, our services will no longer be aired live on Livestream.

  • If you currently access past services/sermons on via our website, you DO NOT need to make any changes. The links will be redirected to our new Vimeo archive.

  • If you currently access past services by going directly to Livestream, you will need to update your links/bookmarks to go to Vimeo. More information will be shared about this as we get deeper into the transition.
  • In the coming weeks, Central will also be launching our own YouTube channel. Did you know YouTube is the second most popular website in the world? While Vimeo will be our primary video archive, containing all our our video content, we will simulcast our full worship services to YouTube, as well as share out some of our other video content such as daily devotionals, sermon excerpts, etc. Watch for more info coming out later this month about this exciting addition. 

We are confident this transition will make Central's worship services even more accessible than they are now, and also provide our viewers with a better overall experience. There are numerous "behind the scenes" benefits as well as some new features that will be rolled out over time for our viewers as well. Thanks in advance for your patience during this time of transition. Should you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to send us an email

Posted by Jeff Brown

3 Navigation Tips

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"Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better."  - Richard Hooker

“Status quo, you know, is Latin for 'the mess we're in'.” - Ronald Reagan

Like a house you have lived in for decades, Central's old website had accumulated a lot of "stuff," and not everything was put away where it belongs. Still, it's your house, so you could (sometimes) find what you were looking for.

Our move to a new web platform  - even though necessary - can be disorienting. Like that old house, you may love your new place and recognize the benefits of the move, but you still long for "the way things were" in some regards. In response to your questions, here are three tips (think of them as house warming gifts!) on navigating Central's new home on the web.

1. "Where's Info Central and the Sunday bulletins?"

Sunday resources have been consolidated to "Sunday @ Central," a page focused solely on the Sunday worship experience. Here you will find info on who is preaching, scripture references, links to bulletins and Info Central, and discussion questions pertaining to that week's sermon. You can access this page by clicking here.

2. "How do I watch a worship service on-line?"

Live streaming can be accessed by clicking the blue "Watch Live" button located on the middle of the home page. Alternatively, you can navigate to the live streaming page by clicking on "Resources" at the top of the home page, then selecting "Watch Live."

3. "I want to sign-up to receive Spotlight. How do I do this?"

The content for Spotlight, Central's weekly news email, isn't hosted on the website. However, you can sign up to receive Spotlight in your inbox each week by visiting our "Contact Us" page. Here, look for the orange button that says "Yes! I want to receive Spotlight." Clicking this will take you to a simple registration page where you can provide your contact information, and begin receiving this communication weekly.

New content continues to be added weekly as we work to continue development of our website. We've updated the sermons page for easier navigation, and are currently working on a similar "library" for teaching resources from women's ministry, Sunday school classes, and other sources.

 

Posted by Jeff Brown