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. Tutorial: How to add tags to your services and events on A Church Near You


    Find out how to add tags to your services and events on A Church Near You

  2. Generate personalised videos for your church for free this Christmas


    Introducing the video generator tool on A Church Near You. Discover how to personalise national Church of England videos with the name of your church and invite people to join you this Christmas. 

  3. What to share on social media this Advent and Christmas


    Social media can be a powerful way to spread the word and invite even more people along to something this Christmas. 

  4. 10 Ways to use video content

    10 ways to use video content on your church’s social media and websites


    Video content is an online trend that has accelerated throughout 2019 and will continue into 2020.

  5. Follow the Star on a Church Near You

    #FollowTheStar on A Church Near You: how to welcome more people into your church this Advent and Christmas


    Use A Church Near You (ACNY) this Advent and Christmas to encourage more people into your church. 

  6. Five ways to get your church's digital platforms ready for Christmas

    Five ways to get your church’s digital platforms ready for Christmas


    A checklist for your digital platforms this Christmas

  7. Type follow the star into the search bar

    How to use the #FollowTheStar Instagram Stickers


    This Christmas, we have launched a range of Follow the Star stickers for Instagram and Facebook stories. Add them to your stories in a few simple steps.

  8. How to create Instagram Story Highlights thumbnail

    How to create Instagram Stories Highlights


    Instagram Stories Highlights is a great way to let people know more about services and events at your church.

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    Getting started with Mailchimp


    Mailchimp is an email marketing tool that allows you to send mass emails to subscribers. In this Labs Learning blog, read about getting set up with Mailchimp to start managing your church email list.

  10. Case study: “How can St John’s pray for you?”


    Read how one simple post on social media prompted this person to reconnect with their faith.