Labs Learning

Welcome to Labs Learning. 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.

Labs Learning 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. How to go Live on Instagram

    How to use Instagram Live


    Following our recent Labs Learning blog on using Instagram Stories, we’re now looking at Instagram Live. As the name suggests, Instagram Live is a feature that allows you to broadcast live to your followers.  

  2. Five scheduling tools for social media


    This week’s blog features five tools for planning, scheduling and monitoring social media accounts. If you are working with a team a social media scheduling tool is useful to keep everyone informed of planned posts and prevent duplication or over communication.

  3. How to show the value of social media for your church

    How to show the value of social media for your church


    We often get asked how much value social media is for churches, and how value can be increased. Each platform gives us the options to track lots of different numbers, known as analytics, but which ones should we be looking at, and how can we use them to show the value of your efforts for your church community?

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    Five things editors forget on ACNY


    A Church Near You offers a unique evangelism opportunity for Church of England churches but how can you make the most of the site?  

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    Free social media apps for your church to try in 2019


    With so many creative and productivity tools on offer, how do you know where to start and which ones to try? 

    The digital team have put together our list of FREE apps for you to try in 2019.  

  6. Promoting your service or event on social media – before, during and after


    A clear and simple approach to social media can go a long way to building anticipation and excitement for your service or event and reach more people with an invitation to come along. 

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    More than 80 per cent of A Church Near You editors would recommend the site. How can your church make the most of it?


    A Church Near You is a key resource for the Church of England and is at the heart of major campaigns, such as Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter. We survey our 14,000 A Church Near You editors annually and are thrilled with this year’s results.

  8. Making the most of Instagram Stories


    BLOG / Find out how you can use the Instagram story feature as part of your church communication strategy.

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    Looking after your church’s social media and websites? Here's what you need to know


    BLOG / A list of some of the most important things to get you started on social media.

  10. A close up of a Christmas tree at a Crib Service

    Take great photos at church this Christmas


    BLOG / Read our five tips for taking photography in church this Christmas