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by Gerry Lynch last modified 23 Sep, 2015 02:46 PM

Helping you to tell your stories!

Throughout 2014 and into 2015, the Diocesan Communications Team will be running a number of courses aimed at helping parishes cut through the noise of the modern world and tell their story as communities and as God's people. Research confirms that growing churches use social media to communicate. Events will be free and will run throughout the Diocese.


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Social Media Basics for Christians 
Social Media for Mission 
Getting Your Church Noticed! 
Fresh Ideas for Parish Magazines 

"Gerry Lynch came to give a presentation and some advice on our website. It was entertaining, enlightening and interesting, especially about Twitter." - the Revd Charlie Boyle, Vicar, All Saints Branksome Park, Poole.

Social Media Basics for Christians:
Getting to Grips with Facebook and Twitter

Tutor: Michael Ford

Are you bewildered by the world of Facebook and Twitter? Have you got a laptop or tablet, but are still struggling to make it work properly? Are privacy concerns putting you off from engaging with social media? Do you find it difficult to see how all of this fits into the mission of the Church? If so, this event is for you.

We'll look at the two most popular social networking sites, Facebook and Twitter - how they work, how to have fun with them, some potential pitfalls, and the importance of passwords. There will be time to ask questions.

We'll also explore why social media matters as a mission field for individual Christians, and how to share your faith online without becoming a bore.

Who is this aimed at? Those who have little or no experience of using Facebook and Twitter, and whose IT skills are limited or moderate.

Admission free.

More sessions will be announced in due course.
Updated Listing Click here to register your interest via email in the next set of courses

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Social Media for Mission:
Using Facebook and Twitter for Parishes

Tutor: Gerry Lynch

Are you happy using social network sites for personal things but wonder how it might work for your parish? Are you identified as clergy or a church leader online, and are wondering how to maximise their effectiveness as tools for mission?

We'll focus on Facebook and Twitter, with a slight glance to other sites. We'll look at what sort of content attracts people and starts conversations, and we'll also look at how to generate it. We'll look at privacy issues.

Who is this event useful for? This event will be most useful for two groups of people: those administering, or wanting to know how to administer, parish/benefice Facebook and Twitter accounts; and people, clergy and lay, who already use social media with a fair degree of competence but want to be more effective, especially in mission. 

Upcoming events:
More sessions will be announced in due course.
Updated Listing Click here to register your interest via email in the next set of courses

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Getting Your Church Noticed!

In a world of information overload and slick marketing, how do you make your church visible against the noise? We'll cover a number of topics in an action packed two hour session, based around the popular book 100 Ways To Get Your Church Noticed by Neil Pugmire, Communications Advisor for Portsmouth Diocese who runs courses at a national level on communications for the Church of England:

  • Biblical principles for communication
  • marketing and branding for your church
  • the importance of images and stories
  • how to deal with the local press and radio
  • flyers and community newsletters
  • your church website and A Church Near You

Who is this event useful for? Incumbents, other clergy, PCC members and other church members involved in mission and communication - especially those involved in managing parish websites and relations with the local media.

Upcoming events:
Thursday 24 September, 7-9 pm, St James' Southbroom, Church Walk/Estcourt Street, Devizes, SN10 3AA.

Admission free. E-mail to secure your place.

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Fresh Ideas for Parish Magazines

Some parish magazines run at a profit, have no shortage of exciting content and look professional. For the rest, this evening will show some of the skills needed to do so.

Based on practical experience from the Oldbury Benefice and the Melksham Benefice, the evening will look at the following topics:

  • Generating an income from your magazine.
  • Finding and retaining advertisers.
  • Reducing printing costs and incorporating colour.

In Oldbury, a magazine which was previously duplicated, looked like an amateur publication, and cost money, now looks professional and generated an income of ~£1,500 per year. Melksham has gone from distributing 180 magazines at a loss to distributing 500-800 and breaking even.

Who is this event useful for? This event will be most useful for parish magazine editors seeking to improve the quality and profitability of their publication, for new parish magazine editors, and for PCC members from parishes which no longer produce a magazine but are interested in doing so.

Next event planned for late 2015 in Dorset.

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