Trinitarian Congregational Church: Staying Connected During a Pandemic with Bose Professional Hybrid Solutions
Trinitarian Congregational Church (TCC) is a house of worship situated in Wayland, Massachusetts. Founded in 1828, it has been home to a multi-generational and multi-ethnic community with active ministries in Wayland and the surrounding MetroWest region for over 190 years. Despite the pandemic, the church’s leadership team remained committed to its mission of connecting with its members, whether it be through meetings, pastoral care, or choir practice. To achieve this, the church leadership team turned to technology and incorporated the Bose Videobar VB1 all-in-one USB conferencing device to keep its congregation connected.
Trinitarian Congregational Church: The Challenge
The pandemic made it difficult for TCC’s members to participate in different aspects of church life. An increasing number of members were confined to their homes due to illness, disability, or their immunocompromised status. TCC’s mission emphasized connecting in person, like visiting housebound members, tending to sick children, or participating in the choir. But with the pandemic, church leadership realized that it needed to find ways to offer remote options for different church groups to safely gather while continuing to live its mission.
Adam Kurihara, pastor of worship and community life, found a solution in the Bose Professional installed solutions for houses of worship. The church leadership team incorporated the Bose Videobar VB1 all-in-one USB conferencing device to keep its congregation connected through premium audio and video performance. The 4K ultra-HD camera with its Group Mode ensures that all in-room participants are in view and allows remote participants to better see and understand the conversation. The flexibility of the device provides an ideal atmosphere for a variety of situations such as counseling sessions, board meetings, Bible studies, or even choir practice.
The process of setting up this hybrid solution was straightforward with Bose VB1 devices mounted on a mobile cart along with a flatscreen display. Using Bose Professional partner Barco ClickShare Conference software, church members can quickly and easily connect a laptop for sharing presentations and documents. This simple and intuitive connectivity supports the variety of TCC Wayland gatherings.
Results and Benefits
With the ability to bring the entire Trinitarian Congregational Church Wayland community together, the leadership team has ensured that its mission will continue. “The hybrid setup makes it easy to have a consistent experience,” said Alex Kouris, who manages the technical needs for TCC Wayland. “Now we no longer get the question of, ‘How do we set up this meeting?’” All agree the Bose Professional hybrid approach really shines in smaller settings, working perfectly for gatherings of up to 10 people. TCC Wayland’s highest priority is to create community for those members who were unable to come to services or meetings in person, and with the Bose Videobar VB1 all-in-one USB conferencing device, TCC Wayland has achieved its goal.
The pandemic posed a significant challenge for TCC Wayland, but the church’s leadership team found a way to continue its mission of connecting with its members through the use of technology. With the Bose Videobar VB1 all-in-one USB conferencing device, TCC Wayland was able to keep its dynamic, multi-generational congregation connected during a difficult time. The Bose Professional hybrid approach ensures that members who were previously unable to attend services or meetings in person can participate in the same sessions with the same quality of experience.
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