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A Church Near You

by Michael Ford last modified 08 Mar, 2018 02:51 PM

A national website that lists all our parishes and gets 13 million views a year. A new version was launched in November 2017.

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The new version of A Church Near You

Exciting changes are coming to the popular website, including the opportunity for parishes to use it to create their own free, bespoke websites!

Nearly 2,000 people have provided thoughts on how the site could be improved so that users could easily find a local church, or easily share weekly and seasonal services. There is a new look and feel, with a significantly improved mobile experience.

Tips for parish editors

  1. Ensure the information listed about your church is correct. Simply find your page and log in: your existing username and password, have been carried over. If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it.
  2. Check your data for any mistakes. If you spot anything wrong that you can’t edit, report the issue by going to 'More information' and clicking the ‘Report an issue’ button.
  3. There are new features: for events, services and facilities.
  4. Add your services and events. If you have already done so, update yours with the new tags. There are instructions in the the FAQs. You can even add events that take place in different locations.
  5. Check your profile picture and cover photo. The profile picture you supplied for your church on the previous version has been moved over. If you did not previously have an image, we have used one supplied by Google Maps. You now have the option to upload a cover picture, which is a perfect opportunity to feature photos of your congregation. Try using a photo taken inside your church during a busy service, or a group photo.
  6. If you have a question, please go to the FAQs page and follow the instructions.
  7. The odd bug may have crept into the system, as with any new website. Do flag them!

What’s coming in 2018?

The CofE Digital Team will continue to develop A Church Near You, to make it simpler for editors to make changes and to improve the experience of the thousands of people who are searching for a Church of England church. All of these developments will be based on your feedback.

Do email them if you have any comments or questions about the new A Church Near You.

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