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!
For us, in this stage of living in a pandemic, love means not gathering together in person until we can do so safely. In fact, given the time a congregation will need to prepare for “significantly-limited gatherings” in the next phase of regathering, there will be no live in-person worship services permitted in the Diocese of Maryland until Sunday, May 31, the Feast of Pentecost, at the earliest.
We’re in a weird world where we’re all having to adapt. One of the ways ensemble musicians are adapting is by finding ways to still make music – or give the illusion of making music – in a group. One popular approach to this is the “Virtual Choir” (though, note you could substitute any ensemble type here).
During this pandemic many of us are isolated but for these small Zoom windows that give us relationship and connection with the wider world and through which we can counsel each other. We are suffering from asphyxiation, not able to breathe out of fear, anxiety or literal illness from this virus. How are we to navigate that? How can we, like Julian, know the depth of God’s love in this time?
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