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Keeping a church connected during a time of social distancing

In this series of webinars, we look at different ways your church can use digital communications to keep connected with those who attend your services and events, as well as reaching out and caring for those in your local community.

These regular webinars are free to attend and have both morning, afternoon and evening sessions available throughout the month. Click the link underneath each webinar to select a date and register.

With each webinar, you'll receive a follow-up email, useful links and helpful resources. Sign up to our newsletter to be first to know of new webinar dates and topics.

Receiving online donations

How can we encourage people to give financially to the church during this time?



Churches rely on the generosity of their congregations and their communities to support their mission and ministry. Many people give regularly to their church by standing order or direct debit. Others give in cash when the offering is taken in a church service or when visiting the church, and people will not be able to give in this way whilst our church buildings are closed.

Many individuals are going through financial uncertainty as a result of lost or changed employment during the restrictions, and that may affect their giving too. This means that it is even more important that those who can give are able to do so.

In this one-hour webinar, we'll cover setting up and receiving online donations, encouraging online donations, communicating with your community, as well as providing an opportunity to ask questions which will be answered live.

Five ways to keep your church connected

How can digital communications keep a church connected during social distancing?

A live conversation with the Church of England digital team on how to use the different online platforms for free during this time.

Next steps with live-streaming

In this one-hour webinar, we will be joined by a panel of churches and professionals answering your questions on how to improve your live stream services or events.


During the webinar, our panel will discuss best practise for setting up your live stream, programs and software to improve your broadcasts, better sound quality, as well as an opportunity to ask your questions.

This webinar is ideal for churches who are using live video on social media and want to improve their broadcast. We'll be focusing on OBS studio, however many of the tips shared will apply across platforms.

Read our blog on how to live stream for free here.

Make the most of your A Church Near You page

In this one-hour webinar, we will take you through the steps to making the most of your A Church Near You page, including simple updates to keep your community connected during social distancing.

Last year, A Church Near You received more than 38 million page views, as people were searching for their local church service or event to attend.

We know that more than 80% of A Church Near You visitors are looking at the site for the first time. This is a huge evangelism opportunity for us!

 

"Thank you for the webinar I have been updating our church site and we are making progress!"

 

In this webinar, you will spend one-hour learning from the Church of England Digital Team, who will take you through 8 steps for making the most of your page, including:

  • Personalising your home page
  • Adding your events and services, including your Livestream services.
  • How to use the tags, and how these can make your church more visible
  • Creating pages
  • Embedding live videos on your website
  • Managing your inbox
  • How to write for your audience
  • Using A Church Near You as your main church website

At the end of the session, there will be an opportunity to ask questions, which will be answered live.

Introduction to Instagram for churches

Are you looking to reach your local community using Instagram in 2020? With more than a billion users it makes sense that churches are thinking about how to build their community using the platform.

But, where do you start? How do you create an account for your church, and what kind of content should you be posting? In this one-hour webinar, the digital team will answer all these questions, and more to help you make a start.

You’ll learn:

  • What is Instagram?
  • How do you create a profile for your Church?
  • What to include in your bio to give the best first impression
  • How and what to post
  • What is the algorithm?
  • How to use Instagram stories

This webinar is ideal for those who are new to the platform.

Instagram for churches: Next steps

This webinar is aimed at churches who have an Instagram profile and would like to increase their knowledge and skills using the platform. The session will cover practical skills alongside advice on how to use the platform as an evangelism tool.
 

During the one-hour webinar, we'll look at
- An overview of how Instagram works for churches
- Refining your audience
- Creating content to build your community
- Understanding insights
- Refining your strategy

The session will be a live interactive webinar with examples and ideas from other churches. If possible, bring another mobile device along to try features and experiment during the webinar.

Facebook pages for churches

Facebook is still the most popular social media network, and with more than 2.4 billion monthly active users (Facebook, 2019), it’s easy to see why churches are prioritising the platform.

But, with so many other pages competing for attention, how can we cut through the noise to reach our community? In this webinar, we’ll look at how you can create a welcoming Facebook page for your church, post valuable updates, measure your success and more.

Attend this webinar to learn:

  • Making the right first impression on Facebook
  • Posting content, scheduling, and ideas for posts
  • How the algorithm works
  • Measuring your success
  • Free advertising ideas

Paid advertising can be a helpful way to reach out to your local community online.

 

Just as a notice in your newsletter tells your church about important events, Facebook advertising can tell your whole community. To make the best use of this feature, it's important to know how and when to use it.

In this one-hour webinar, the Church of England Digital team will guide you through using the ‘Boost’ feature to advertise, including setting interests, budgets and measuring your success.

Facebook groups: Keeping a church connected

Your Facebook page is your outward-facing communication with your wider community, but, your Facebook group is where those who consider themselves part of your church community can gather, share news, and interests. Think of it as your online church foyer or small group.
 

In this one hour webinar with the Church of England Digital Team, we'll cover:

  • Creating a group
  • Group settings
  • Moderator tools
  • Safeguarding and dealing with negativity

Making the most of Zoom

Zoom has become a popular tool for churches during the lockdown. Attend this webinar to learn how to get the most out of the platform, whether you are hosting a prayer meeting, interactive family session, or will be delivering a sermon.

The webinar will cover setting up your meetings or webinars, security features, safeguarding advice for families, meeting controls and tips for maintaining interaction and engagement.

Livestreaming Question and Answer session

Join us for one hour talking about how your church can share services, Bible studies and prayer over live video.


This session is ideal for churches who are new to Live-streaming and want to get started.

Your questions will be answered live during the webinar.