Church services have been around for centuries. In the church, there are many traditions that are passed down from generation to generation. One tradition that we can see sticking around is a church countdown clock.
In earlier times, the chiming of church bells would let know people it was time to go to church, but with watches and smartphones, this isn’t a necessity any longer. What more people are interested in is knowing exactly when the service will start!
The church countdown clock is a church service countdown timer that can be used by church members to see how much time they have left until church starts. It’s often displayed on a screen rather than being a physical clock, and it also works as an online church video countdown.
It can therefore provide an opportunity for those outside of your community, or those who can’t get to church that day, to experience your Sunday morning worship service live via video feed…and they can tune in at just the right time!
In many modern churches, once the countdown hits zero, a short video is played both on screens at the location and online. This serves as a welcome message, and can be followed by a short personal welcome from a member of the team and then some worship time.
The benefit of using a countdown timer is that everyone knows when church is starting. If your church has a coffee shop, it gives those who tend to linger the motivation they need to get to their seats!
A further use for a countdown timer is for a preacher to know when their time is up. While it’s not 100% necessary to stick to a time, people will expect a sermon of a certain length – go on for too long, and the congregation will drift and lose interest.
Many pieces of church presentation software, including ProPresenter and Proclaim, include video-based countdown timers for pre-service, and on-screen timers that can be shown on individual displays to keep speakers on track. If you have a dedicated preacher-screen at the back of your auditorium, it’s the perfect place to show a countdown clock!