April 27, 2020
- In your next church newsletter, remind your parishioners to LIKE your church’s Facebook page. Provide them with a direct link to your page in the newsletter. Because so many churches have the same names, it is not always easy to locate even your own church’s page.
- INVITE your friends to LIKE your church’s page. Clergy can do this as can all parishioners who follow the page. To do this, go to the church’s page and click on the three dots just under the header photo next to like, follow and share (see screenshot below)
Click the circles next to the names of friends you’d like to invite. Facebook will show you which friends already like your page (see green checkboxes marked “liked” in screenshot below). When you are finished, click SEND INVITES at the bottom right corner of the window (see screenshot below).
3. Invite people who LIKE your individual posts to FOLLOW/LIKE your page. Go to your church’s Facebook page and locate the reactions to your post (see screenshot below – note: the names are mostly deleted in this screen shot for privacy). The post featured below was announcing an ordination, for example. 53 people “reacted” to the post.
Click on the underlined number of reactions. It will bring up a window showing you who, of the people who “reacted” to your post, does not LIKE/FOLLOW your page yet. You can invite them to do so. (See screenshot below. In this smaller post, easier for our example, 5 people “reacted” to the post.) Circled below are the people who do not already follow the page, but have “reacted” to the page’s post (names are blocked out for privacy).
There’s no guarantee your invites will be seen or accepted (mostly because people don’t always know to respond), but you will definitely get some more followers. Every one counts, and over time they add up!
This fall will be different and so we must approach it differently. Contact your youth leaders, your clergy person, and one another to discover something new. What can be offered that has never been thought of before? What can be improved on from home? Who can be invited that has not participated before? Take this time to discern what might be next.
Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton announces the following three transitions in the leadership of the Diocese of Maryland’s diaconal support ministries, all effective September 1, 2020. “Ruth+ and Frank+ are both extremely capable individuals who will bring considerable pastoral and administrative gifts to their new roles in the Diocese of Maryland,” said Bishop Sutton. “I look forward to working with our two new archdeacons in the years ahead.”
A huge thanks to Fr. Steve McCarty for doing this livestream demo for us while livestreaming! 🙂 Steve is the vicar of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Clear Spring and has been offering virtual worship via Facebook Live for about five years. Watch his demo for a walk through on how to set up and offer a pastoral presence on a low budget. These are great tips!
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