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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“How to” Guides | District Synod Workshop | Flourish Video | District Digital Review | Digital Training Session | District Logos | External Resources | GDPR and Photo Consent | Need more help?


“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, Elliot. More coming soon…

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


District Synod

Our Digital Communications Enabler, Elliot, ran the following workshop at District Synod on 6th April:

Equipping your Church in the Digital Age
Websites and Social Media are key tools for the future of our churches. A flexible workshop focused on providing practical advice and digital skills to take back to your church or circuit. Whether you’re a beginner, looking to get your church online, wanting to improve your church website/social media, or wanting advanced tips – there’s something here for you.

Resources and handouts from this workshop can be found under the “How-to Guides” section on this page. If you would like to run a workshop like this in your local area / circuit, do get in touch.


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


Local Digital Training Sessions

Need help with your Church/Circuit website or social media?
Organise a Digital Training Session in your circuit or area. Websites and Social Media are key tools for the future of our churches. Flexible training focused on providing practical advice and digital skills to take back to your church or circuit. Whether you’re a beginner, looking to get your church online, wanting to improve your church website/social media, or wanting advanced tips – there’s something here for all abilities and needs.

Contact our Digital Communications Enabler to arrange:

Elliot Crippen
ONE Programme Participant (OPP)
Yorkshire North & East Methodist District
elliot.crippen@btinternet.com


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.


Logos and Graphics

Please find Connexional download files and guidance here

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
Methodist Logo – white background
District Orb Transparent -large
District Orb Transparent – small
District Orb Transparent with Wording
District Banner White
District Banner Transparent
District Banner Style 2 Red Large
District Banner Style 2 Red small
Flourish Banner Large
Flourish Banner White
Flourish Banner Transparent
Facebook Logo (Source: Facebook)
Twitter Logo (Source: Wikipedia Fair use)

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

United Reformed Church digital resources:
https://urc.org.uk/our-work/communications.html

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

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

WordPress resources:
www.wpbeginner.com/guides/

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


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: (see the Media Permissions section at bottom)


Need more help?

Get in touch with our Digital Communications Enabler for the District. Elliot Crippen, ONE Programme Participant, elliot.crippen@btinternet.com