Are you proud of your church website? Would you like to use social media but don't know where to start?
The Communications Team are putting on two free communications training events this spring – one on parish websites and one on social media. Please support them and spread the word. Both will be held at the Leeds Office (St Mary's St, Leeds, LS9 7DP).
Social Media - for your parish or deanery
Wednesday March 2, 10am -1pm
A morning for deaneries and parishes looking at effective ways of developing and using social media (eg Facebook and Twitter) for sharing and mission. Led by the Communications Team with Mark Waddington, Church in the World officer, and Revd Richard Steel, Area Dean of Almondbury. Please book via john.carter [at] westyorkshiredales.anglican.org (John Carter)
The morning will be a practical and focused look at how Social Media, particularly Facebook can be used in your deanery and parish.
We are delighted that Revd Richard Steel and Mark Waddington will be co-leading the course. Richard as Area Dean of Almondbury Deanery in the Huddersfield Episcopal Area will lead a practical session on setting up a Facebook page in a deanery. At Almondbury, this has proved to be a very positive experience and Richard will be showing how it has worked in practice, explaining how to set up a deanery page or group and sharing practical dos and don’ts from his experience.
Mark Waddington, Church in the World Officer in the Bradford EA will be talking about social media for the parish. His own church at Ilkley makes extensive use of social media and again this will be practical with parish ideas not just for Facebook but for other social media platforms.
We particularly encourage deanery representatives to take part in this event. Please feel free to share this with your chapter deanery synod of PCC.
The morning is entirely free, and afterwards, for about an hour and a half, Mark and Richard will be available for individual advice, help in a social media ‘clinic’.
Effective Parish Websites
Wednesday 6 April, 7-9pm
How proud are you of your church website? Do you even have a website?
This seminar will provide advice and tips on how to create and maintain an effective website which really benefits your church. It's run by Church Edit, a Christian firm which has been supporting churches since 2002.
Topics to be covered include:
- Why have a church website?
- The three audience groups your church website must be aimed at
- What to avoid on a church website
- What makes a good church website
- Top tips for creating a successful website
- Pages a church website should contain
- Search engines – how to get your website found by Google
For more details and to register your place, please visit www.churchwebsitetips.co.uk/