Labs Learning blog

Welcome to the Labs Learning blog. Here you'll find resources and advice on design, photography, social media strategy and more. Aimed specifically at those running social and web projects in churches.

The Labs Learning blog also includes our social media training programme which looks at how to use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, dealing with negativity online, advertising, making the most of A Church Near You and learning about language and audiences for websites and social. If you’re interested in being trained in social media, please contact your diocesan office.

  1. Create some space in August


    As we head into August, the pace may not feel like it's slowing down. How can you create some space to rest whilst still maintaining weekly services and gatherings?

  2. Lessons from lockdown "COVID-19 has taught us the importance of holding onto things lightly"


    Like for many churches, theres been a lot for St John's church to learn during lockdown. Geraint Harries, reflects on the lessons they've learnt about digital communication, adaptors and village life.

  3. 'We don't want people to simply watch' How to build connection in your livestream services


    Rev Matt Hogg, St Albans Church in Fulham, shares how they have created commnuity online through simple strategies in their live streamed services

  4. Top Tips for an Accessible Online Service


    Revd Bill Braviner shares his top tips for creating an inclusive online service, and they are all steps we can implement this weekend.

  5. Supporting congregations and people exploring faith online as churches begin to reopen


    Churches across the country and in Europe have been sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and the hope and comfort of the Christian faith very effectively through digital platforms over the last three months. This has built on the digital work that our Church of England worshipping communities have undertaken in recent years.

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    How have people been engaging digitally over the last three months?


    This long read blog aims to explore some of the national and local trends seen since lockdown began in March 2020. Churches and dioceses have produced a fantastic range of content to support regular churchgoers and those exploring faith at this time.

  7. Audio recording at home


    Turn your sermon into a podcast. In this blog you'll learn how to set up your equipment at home

  8. 10 tips for running a successful Facebook group for your church

    10 tips for running a successful Facebook Group for your church


    How can you use Facebook Groups as part of your community strategy?

  9. How to set up an online giving account using SumUp


    A step-by-step guide to setting up your online giving account using SumUp

  10. Encouraging Online Giving


    This blog will go through what you need to do once you’ve set up online giving for your church and how to encourage people to give online.