Chapelwood UMC Launches Roku Channel

Date Posted: 4/4/2011

Chapelwood United Methodist Church is currently one of less than a dozen churches in the nation to have their own channel accessible on the new Roku streaming Internet player.  As explained on the official Roku Web site,, Roku is a little box that allows you to instantly stream tons of entertainment on your TV. Watch movies and TV shows from Netflix, Hulu Plus or Amazon Instant Video, listen to music on Pandora, catch the latest ballgame, and more — it's all available whenever you want it.

Chapelwood’s Roku channel went live on Sunday, March 6.  Less than one week later, over 1,000 people had already subscribed to the channel, giving viewers nationwide instant access to live streaming video of Chapelwood’s weekly worship services and other programs, as well as the ability to play archived sermons on demand. 


All that is needed to access Chapelwood’s Roku channel is a local broadband internet connection, a television set, and a Roku box—a one inch by five inch device that can be purchased at Best Buy and other retailers for around $100. 


Thrilled about the outreach capabilities made possible through Roku, Chapelwood will soon partner with retirement communities and other local venues to bring meaningful worship experiences to those who are not able to attend church services.  A Chapelwood lay pastor will be present to minister onsite as viewers participate in worship via Roku and enjoy Christian community.


According to Executive Pastor Bob Johnson, “We were motivated to launch the new Roku Channel because it is a wonderful way to use new technology to share the spiritual life with folks otherwise unable to attend our services.”