Virtual ‘Silent Night’













We’d love for you to film a video of you (or you and your whole family/ quarantine bubble) singing together with Mike Crawford on a verse of Silent Night and lighting a candle along the way. We will need you to follow some pretty specific instructions in order for everything to sync up, but it should work, and then we can all watch together on Christmas Eve! The timing is tight for this request, so if you’d be willing to participate, we need your video submitted by December 13th.

You’ll need to have a Google account to use the form below. You will receive a “guide-track” audio file (MP3) that includes a count off: “1-2-3-4-5-6–1-2-3-4-5-6” and the recording from the JW Advent recording of Silent Night. You will need to have 2 devices (phones) to make this work: one to listen to the guide-track with your headphones in, and one to make the video of you and/or your group singing along and lighting your candle. Only one person in the group needs to wear headphones; everyone else will just sing along with the leader. It may be a little sloppy, but that’s okay!

Here’s the step-by-step:

  1. Gather your crew (or just yourself)

  2. Pull up the audio guide-track on DEVICE 1 by using THIS LINK

  3. Set up the recording camera DEVICE 2 with everyone in the shot

  4. Leader puts their headphones on or earbuds in from DEVICE 1

  5. Start your video recording on DEVICE 2

  6. Start the song guide-track on DEVICE 1 (only the person in headphones will hear the track)

  7. Leader count out loud with me in time with the clicks on the second “1-2-3-4-5…”, make sure to leave off the last “6”

  8. Everyone give a wave to the camera after that count in

  9. Then start singing where the singing comes in. I will give a little cue for the person in headphones for when the singing will start…something like “here we go!” Leader can give the “hi-sign” when you will start singing (for everyone else not in headphones.)

  10. Have someone or you yourself light a candle somewhere along the way.

  11. Remember it’s only 1 verse!

  12. After you hear me say “Merry Christmas Everybody!” you all respond with “Merry Christmas!” and wave…(the leader in headphones will have to cue everyone for this “Merry Christmas!”)

  13. Stop the video recording on DEVICE 1

  14. Upload the video using THIS GOOGLE FORM (you will need to have a Google account to access the form)

The deadline for submitting is December 13th.