Digital Resources

Welcome to our District Digital Resources page – a hub of digital downloads, practical advice and resources. Aimed specifically at those running social and web projects in our Methodist Churches. We hope the below provides you with a starting point to assist with developing your website or social media account in your Church or Circuit. #YNEMethodists

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Upcoming Digital Events | “How to” Guides | District Digital Review | Church Websites | Social Media | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Livestreaming | Flourish Video | District Logos | Social Media Graphics | Video Production | Church Posters | External Resources | GDPR and Photo Consent | Need more help?


Need more help?

Can’t find what you’re looking for below? If all the resources and guidance on this page doesn’t answer your questions, or you need more hands-on help, feel free to get in touch with our Digital Communications Enabler. He is there to assist and support with a range of digital topics, including: websites, social media, graphic design, logos, posters, email, Word & PowerPoint, photography, video production, livestreaming, GDPR & photo consent, digital evangelism, young people & youth work.
Contact: Elliot Crippen – digital@yorkshirenemethodist.org


Upcoming Digital Events:

Need help with your Church/Circuit website or social media? Organise a Digital Training Session in your circuit or area – just get in touch with our Digital Communications Enabler. Websites and Social Media are key tools for the future of our churches. This flexible training is focused on providing practical advice and digital skills to take back to your church or circuit.


Past Events:
Thirsk & Northallerton Circuit Digital Training – Saturday 27th July 2019
South Holderness Circuit Digital Training – Thursday 20th June 2019
Ryedale Circuit Digital Training – Saturday 25th May 2019
Digital Training Workshop at District Synod – Saturday 6th April 2019


What people have said about the training:

“An excellent and very informative session – as well as meeting some great people. Delighted that the church is being progressive in this way”

“Just wanted to say a very big thank you for your training session yesterday. I found it extremely useful and its taught me more about other digital media. You answered the questions people came with and some they hadn’t thought of!”

“Thank you for the course on Saturday, I found it very helpful”

“It gave us all food to thought. There was lots of good comments about the session and has made us all think and sure will be discussed at a church meeting going forward”

“A very comprehensive session. Thank you”

“A good overview. Very responsive to questions. Really goods session – lots to learn”

“All very useful information to springboard from”

“Very good. We learnt lots about which social media platforms were best and how to use them effectively. The suggested resources were very good. Thank you”


District “How to” Guides and Info Sheets

See below useful resources and guides on a range of digital and online topics – created by our Digital Communications Enabler. All are PDF Documents: (click text to open in a new tab, or the button to download)

A Checklist for your Church Website
Level: Easy to Advanced | 2 pages
This guide is a good starting point to reference with your Church website and see how well you’re doing. Do you have all these on your website? Click here:

Guide for Creating a New Church Website
Level: Medium | 2 pages
A good starting point if you’re looking to build a Church website and have no idea where to begin. This guide is aimed at provoking the right quesitions you need to ask – not providing simple answers for how to set up your website. There are many factors to consider and will depend on your context and aims. Click here:

Step by Step Guide to set up a Church Facebook Page
Level: Easy | 9 pages
This guide is for beginners and walks you through each step in creating a Facebook Page for your church. Click here:

Step by Step Guide to using a Church Facebook Page
Level: Easy | 3 pages
This guide is for those who haven’t used a Facebook Page before, but have just been given admin/editor access for a Church Page which is already set up. Walking you through how to get to the page and post on it. Some more advanced tips are included at the end. Click here:

A Checklist to Improve your Church Facebook Page
Level: Easy to Advanced | 2 pages
This guide is for those who manage existing Church Facebook Pages and provides practical advice on how to get the best out of them, ranging from simple to more advanced tips. Click here:

A Checklist to Improve your Church Twitter
Level: Medium | 1 page
This guide is for those who manage existing Church Twitter Accounts and provides practical advice on how to get the best out of them. Click here:

Step by Step Guide for Converting a Poster for Social Media (Word Doc to JPEG)
Level: Easy | 2 pages
Avoid taking photos of your printed church posters for online use – use this simple guide to learn how to simply convert a word document into a professional image. Click here:


District Digital Review

Our Digital Communications Enabler, Elliot, has produced an entire Review of Digital Communications for the District. Have a read below: contains statistics, feedback on all District websites, and numbers for web and social media accounts, plus helpful advice and tips for improvement.

54.2% of our district churches have no online presence

*based on findings between Sep-Dec 2018. Churches without a website or any social media account managed by the church

The document is 125 pages long, so it is recommend to read the intro & summary, followed by your local circuit and/or church pages, finishing with the broad outcomes & support section at the end.

PDF Document: (click text to open in a new tab, or the button to download)

Review-of-District-Digital-Communications


Guidance: Church Websites

Around 35% of Churches in our District have a website. Whether you are looking to improve yours, have a complete overhaul or create your first church website, the below information should hopefully help you:

PDF Documents: (click text to open in a new tab, or the button to download)

A Checklist for your Church Website
Level: Easy to Advanced | 2 pages
This guide is a good starting point to reference with your Church website and see how well you’re doing. Do you have all these on your website? Click here:

Guide for Creating a New Church Website
Level: Medium | 2 pages
A good starting point if you’re looking to build a Church website and have no idea where to begin. This guide is aimed at provoking the right quesitions you need to ask – not providing simple answers for how to set up your website. There are many factors to consider and will depend on your context and aims. Click here:


More Resources:

5 pages your website should have:
www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/digital-labs/labs-learning/five-pages-your-church-website-should-have

WordPress resources:
www.wpbeginner.com/guides

Website design tips:
www.wpexplorer.com/improving-wordpress-user-experience

How to make your church website accessible:
www.churchofengland.org/more/church-resources/digital-labs/labs-learning-blog/making-website-accessible

Advice on online website builders:
www.bestcloudtools.com/website-builders

How to choose a website domain name:
www.bestcloudtools.com/guides/how-to-choose-domain-name

Top tips for writing for the web:
www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-england-digital-labs/labs-learning/ten-top-tips-when-writing-web

ADVANCED website uses:
www.sdadata.org/digital-evangelism-blog/4-creative-ways-to-turn-your-church-website-into-an-evangelistic-tool


Guidance: Social Media


Guidance: Facebook for Churches

Background: Facebook is a social media website founded by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004. Users can post comments, share photographs and post links to news or other interesting content on the web, chat live, and watch short-form video. “People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.” In Europe, over 307 million people are on Facebook – and in the UK 78% of all internet users are on Facebook.

District Resources:
Around 21% of Churches in our District have a Facebook Page. Whether you are looking to improve yours, have a complete overhaul or create your first church Facebook Page, the below information should hopefully help you:

PDF Documents: (click text to open in a new tab, or the button to download)


More Resources:

Difference between Facebook Pages, Personal Profiles and Groups
www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-england-digital-labs/labs-learning/facebook-pages-vs-profiles-vs-groups

How to set up a personal Facebook Profile (not for Church use – but needed to set up a Church Page, if you don’t already have one)
www.wikihow.com/Set-up-a-Facebook-Account

Ultimate Church Facebook Page Guide
https://prochurchtools.com/the-ultimate-church-facebook-page-guide

10 Effective Facebook Tips for Churches
https://pushpay.com/blog/10-facebook-tips-for-churches

Understanding Facebook Insights
www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-england-digital-labs/labs-learning/understanding-facebook-insights

Reaching more people from your Facebook Page
www.sdadata.org/digital-evangelism-blog/5-strategies-to-overcome-facebook-zero

Facebook Page vs Church website – which is more important for a church?
www.causely.com/reach/blog/facebook-page-vs-church-website-which-is-more-important?

Free Facebook Banner downloads – from CPO (Christian Publishing & Outreach):
www.cpo.org.uk/Facebook

Social Media post ideas with examples:
www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/digital-labs/labs-learning-blog/7-social-media-post-ideas-examples

Safeguarding for Social Media:
www.methodist.org.uk/media/10396/children-and-youth-social-media-policy-for-churches.pdf


Guidance: Twitter for Churches

Background: Twitter is an online news and social networking service founded in 2006, on which users post and interact with messages known as “tweets”, which are restricted to 280 characters. It is a form of “micro-blogging” where users write about whatever they want: politics, sports, film&TV, fashion etc. People make connections by following other people’s twitter feeds. Once you click follow, anything that person or organisation says will appear on your timeline. 500 million Tweets are sent everyday worldwide, and the UK has around 16 million active users.

District Resources:
Around 8% of Churches in our District have Twitter. Whether you are looking to improve your tweets or create a church twitter account, the below information should hopefully help you:

PDF Documents: (click text to open in a new tab, or the button to download)


More Resources:

How your Church can use Twitter more effectively:
www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-england-digital-labs/labs-learning/how-your-church-can-use-twitter-more

Your Twitter questions answered:
www.umcom.org/learn/your-questions-about-twitter-answered

Getting to grips with Twitter lists:
www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-england-digital-labs/labs-learning/getting-grips-twitter-lists

Safeguarding for Social Media:
www.methodist.org.uk/media/10396/children-and-youth-social-media-policy-for-churches.pdf


Guidance: Instagram for Churches

Background: Instagram is a photo and video sharing social networking service owned by Facebook and founded in 2010. It used to only be available as an App on a mobile device, but can now be accessed online as well. It’s like a simplified version of Facebook, with an emphasis on mobile use and visual sharing. At the beginning of 2019 there are an estimated 24 million Instagram users in the UK (42% of the population). It’s also incredible popular with the younger generation.

Resources:
A couple of churches and youth groups around our District have started using Instagram. If you are looking to get started or improve your Instagram account, the below information should hopefully help you:

An introduction to Instagram by CofE:
www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-england-digital-labs/labs-learning/introduction-instagram

Instagram Tips for Churchs (Instagram Account) – run by Elliot Crippen:
www.instagram.com/churchinstatips/

How to create a business profile on Instagram:
www.churchofengland.org/how-create-free-instagram-profile-and-business-profile

Best practices for Instagram:
www.sdadata.org/digital-evangelism-blog/best-practices-for-instagram-things-your-ministry-should-be-doing

Taking good photos of your church:
www.umcom.org/learn/taking-inviting-photos-of-your-church

How to use Instagram hashtags:
https://prochurchtools.com/use-instagram-hashtags-gain-followers-church-ep-033/

Free Social Media images – from CPO (Christian Publishing & Outreach):
www.cpo.org.uk/Digital

Safeguarding for Social Media:
www.methodist.org.uk/media/10396/children-and-youth-social-media-policy-for-churches.pdf


Guidance: Live Streaming for Churches

Background: Live Streaming is to transmit or receive live video & audio coverage of an event over the Internet. In other words, its about broadcasting real-time experiences to an online audience. It’s not a platform or website (unlike the Social Media channels mentioned above) but rather a method of communication and can be achieved through many different ways. Live streaming is on the rise and people are watching more video-based content than ever before. Reasons for your church to livestream include: Reaching more people / connecting with those who have moved away, are homesick or housebound / capturing and sharing important moments and events in the life of the church / opportunity for people to “catch up” if they are away, unwell or unable to attend one week / welcoming visitors who want to experience your church before stepping over the threshold.

Resources:
Here is some guidance if you are looking to livestream your church service or event:

Equipment: Smartphone (you don’t need expensive or technical gear)
Platform: will you stream it on Facebook Live, YouTube or Instagram?

Tips
•Publicise in advance when and where livestreaming will happen so people can “opt-out”
•Have signs up on the day informing people that livestreaming is happening
•Create a space where you can “opt-out” of being seen / recorded
•Make sure you have written consent for anyone who is visibly identifiable
•Your church will hopefully hold a Church Copyright License (CCL) – this is needed to record and publish audio of hymns / songs
•It’s good practice to ask all the musicians, singers, speakers etc. for their consent before broadcasting their ‘performance’

Should you be livestreaming your services?:
www.churchedit.co.uk/website-tips/church-video/live-streaming-your-services

Using live video for Churches:
www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-england-digital-labs/labs-learning/using-live-video

Facebook Live tips for Churches:
https://prochurchtools.com/pcp133/

How to use Instagram Live for Churches:
www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-england-digital-labs/labs-learning/how-use-instagram-live


Flourish Video

To download the Flourish Promo Video (below) for use offline at church meetings etc. just click the “Download Video” button below – this will take you to Dropbox. If you don’t have an account, don’t worry – just click “no thanks” to signing in, and select the “Download” button at the top right.


District Logos

Logos are the face of an organisation (whether the national Methodist Church, our District, or your local church). It is part of our branding.

“Your church’s logo is the foundation of your visual identity. And with the prominence of digital platforms, your church logo is now more visible than ever before.” – Pro Church Tools

63% church websites in our district don’t have the Methodist logo

*based on findings between Sep-Dec 2018. Churches displaying the red Methodist orb on the homepage

Resources:
Please find Connexional download files and guidance here
www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/connect/methodist-logos

Colours
Preferably the logo should be ‘Methodist red’ against a white background
Or should be white against a ‘Methodist red’ background
For ‘Methodist red’ use Pantone 186 or CMYK: 5c 100m 84y 1k or RGB: 219r 0g 46b

Downloads:

To use the following logos, hover your mouse/cursor over the image, ‘Right-click’ and choose to ‘save file as’. Please note: transparent files will save as ‘.png’.

Methodist Orb – Transparent
District Banner White
Methodist Logo – white background
Methodist Logo – Transparent
District Banner Red
District logo full – transparent background
District Banner Style 2 Red Large

District Orb Transparent
Flourish Logo Small – White background
District Orb Transparent with Wording
Flourish Logo large – transparent

Social Media Graphics

Feel free to use the following graphics on your church’s socail media platforms. To download the following images, hover your mouse/cursor over the image, ‘Right-click’ and choose to ‘save file as’.

Social Logos

These are the offical social icons provided by the respective companies and you should use one of these rather than creating your own / changing colours / downloading ones from other websites:

Facebook Logo (Source: Facebook)
Twitter Logo (Source: Twitter)
Instagram Logo (Source: Instagram)

Facebook Banners

These Facebook Banners have been designed by our District Digital Communications Enabler and are optimised for use on Facebook – viewed on any device.

Flourish Facebook Banner (Option 1)
Flourish Facebook Banner (Option 2)
District Facebook Banner

Social Graphics

These Social Media graphics have been designed by our District Digital Communications Enabler.


Guidance: Video Production

Videos are the best way to engage our visitors and are really useful for our church websites and social media. Looking to create a video for your church? Here’s some resources to help:

Only 8% of churches in our district display a video on their website

*based on findings between Sep-Dec 2018.

Resources:
Here is some guidance if you are looking to create a video for your church or event:

Tips for shooting church video from your phone:
www.fishhook.us/blog/8-steps-to-shooting-iphone-videos-at-your-church

How to set up to film a video on your phone:
www.churchofengland.org/How-to-set-up-to-film-a-video-on-your-phone

The Ultimate Church Video Production Guide:
https://easychurchtech.com/church-video-production

How to create subtitles for your video:
www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/digital-labs/labs-learning-blog/how-create-subtitles-video

How to upgrade your church video production:
https://prochurchtools.com/how-to-instantly-upgrade-your-churchs-video-production

Advanced Video Techniques:
https://prochurchtools.com/pcp036

Best video editing software:
www.techradar.com/best/best-video-editing-software-premium-free

Royalty-Free music sites for your videos:
https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/royalty-free-music-videos


Guidance: Church Posters

Resources:
Here is some guidance for creating posters for your church, particularly if you are looking to use them online:

Free editor for easily making church posters:
www.canva.com/create/flyers/church-flyers/

Church posters online resources:
https://www.cpo.org.uk/christian-posters

How to create great posters for your church:
www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-england-digital-labs/labs-learning/how-create-great-posters-promote-your

Do’s and Dont’s of Church Flyer design:
www.churchtrain.uk/blog/church-flyer-design-dos-and-donts/

Church poster design tips:
www.churchtrain.uk/blog/church-poster-design-tips/


Methodist ‘Find a Church’ map:
www.methodist.org.uk/findachurch/

Get your Church details added to ‘Find a Church’ map:
https://online.methodist.org.uk/login

Church of England social media resources (Digital Labs):
www.churchofengland.org/labs-learning

Seventh-day Adventist Church digital resources:
www.sdadata.org/resource-menu.html

United Methodist Church, digital communications resources:
www.umcom.org/topics/learn

Pro Church Tools, digital resources:
https://prochurchtools.com/free-tools

Christian Publishing & Outreach (CPO) digital downloads:
www.cpo.org.uk/Digital


GDPR for photos / videos

As general best practice advice, don’t post photos or images of adults or (especially) children online (websites or social media) without explicit written consent from the individual (or parent).

Methodist Church guidelines: “You should… obtain consent for any photographs/videos to be taken, shown or displayed”

Methodist Church policy for Social Media: “Parental permission via annual consent forms is required for photographs and video footage of children and young people and the consent forms should state what the usage of the images will be for. … Leaders should endeavour not to state any unnecessary personal details or information relating to the child or young person when posting images or photos online e.g. full names, addresses, schools attending.”

Methodist Church Social Media guidelines:
www.methodist.org.uk/our-work/our-work-in-britain/children-and-youth/the-well-for-workers/well-resources/social-media-guidelines

GDPR and social media:
www.gdprforchurches.org.uk/key-elements/pictures-and-video/

Example photo consent form for a church: (see the Media Permissions section at bottom)

Example photo consent form for a young persons event – from the Methodist Church (on page 15):
https://www.methodist.org.uk/media/3981/organising-events-guidance-pack-residential.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1cTbr8XTRPLeJGmrjGtF_v7nzNKdgaeUWMF4DJw7rb4V-xLSCIZQwazvY


Need more help?

Get in touch with our Digital Communications Enabler for the District. Elliot Crippen – digital@yorkshirenemethodist.org


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