Digital Labs blogs

Welcome to the Digital Labs 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.

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  1. My top five What I've learnt about doing church online

    My top five: What I’ve learnt doing church online

    04/06/2021

    Elliot Swatteridge, curate at​​​​ at St Peter's and St James, Hereford, shares his insights from a year of experimenting with digital in his rural parish, the opportunities and challenges encountered, and a new-found love for filming.

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    Our Digital Journey: Crofton Parish

    28/05/2021

    During the past year, churches have been experimenting with technology and software to support their online services.

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    Filming and photography in churches – consent and GDPR

    18/05/2021

    Sharing services online is an exciting opportunity to reach out, however, should be balanced with continuing to provide a safe and secure environment for all. 

  4. Seven ways to improve your church newsletter

    Seven ways to improve your church newsletter

    04/05/2021

    A good church email newsletter will keep the readers informed and build trust between church leaders and the community. Read on for tips and advice to improve your regular church newsletter.

  5. Tips for planning services that work well for children

    Tips for planning an online service which works well for children and young people

    04/05/2021

    How can we make online activities or services more engaging for children and young people? Take a read of our tips for leading fun online events and services.

  6. A Simple livestream or recording set-up

    A simple livestream or recording set-up

    04/05/2021

    If simple appeals to you - perhaps your team is small, or you’d like to build your confidence and skills before moving into something more involved– here are our tips for taking a simple approach to livestreaming.

  7. Livestream or recorded which is best.

    Livestreaming or recorded services - which is best?

    04/05/2021

    Here we identify some of the pros and cons of each to help you make a decision which will best serve your community.

  8. Guide to setting up equipment in your church

    Guide to setting up equipment in your church building

    04/05/2021

    Whether you are livestreaming from your church using one just camera or you have a number of them, you can still produce a good online service. Here is some guidance about where to put the cameras and microphones you have in order to get the best results.

  9. Step by step guide to planning an online service

    A step by step guide to planning an online service

    04/05/2021

    When people produce TV programmes or live events they plan the content and the technical aspects carefully beforehand. It is worth doing the same with your online church services, whether they are recorded or livestreamed.

  10. Getting sound into your livestream or recording

    Getting sound into your recording or livestream

    04/05/2021

    Whether you are livestreaming from your church using one just camera or you have a number of them, you can still produce a good online service. Here is some guidance about where to put the cameras and microphones you have in order to get the best results.