Social media or not in Lent?

Should we advocate fasting from social media over Lent given that so many faithful believers with disabilities rely on digital social media threads to connect them to worship, and to life? In watching a small storm unfold over this social media or not in Lent issue and seeing public figures and bodies in various churches … Read more

Addressing access challenges

The access and sensory challenges posed by church buildings are significant, especially in the Church of England. An approach including nationally endorsed generic fabric changes by architectural period; requiring churches seeking to make fabric changes to present comprehensive access development roadmaps; and mandating consideration of community need in regard to hygiene related proposals. Nationally endorsed … Read more

Church Resource Hub?

An authorised hub with national leadership would allow the best content and resources produced in Church of England to surface for the benefit of the whole people of God.

Ordinands: disabled under-represented?

Only four percent of candidates sponsored for a BAP (the gateway process in selection for ordination) declare a disability. Relative to national proportions of disability in working age adults there seems to be massive under-representation in the selection process. Is pernicious, cumulative and hidden discrimination to blame, or does poor measurement and lack of focus … Read more

Aliens from the planet #WeHaveBudget

The most profound call towards ‘local church’ that I know is: The word became flesh and moved into our neighbourhood. For generations the Church of England has been committed to the land and its people in the parish system. To be ‘a church near you’ is a profound calling. But I have to tell you … Read more

Childhood obesity in the Diocese of Winchester

Obesity correlates with issues related issues the bible talks about as matters of justice and mercy. Unofficially for Church of England leaders in Winchester Diocese I’ve mapped childhood obesity prevalence in a way which allows an estimate of the situation in their parish. Click the picture to link to a larger file better formatted for printing

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Keeping missions at the heart of church events.

Churches can get so involved in running excellent, welcoming events that talking about the big story of God falls out the bottom of the bucket. Starting to get God back into the visitor picture is easy and not expensive. A simple reusable large format printed display can help draw visitor attention to the church and the loving God we worship and adore.

 The practical bit

It’s cheap and easy:

  • You have the camera on your phone. I might prefer something else, but most smartphones are very adequate in decent lighting.
  • A1 printing costs start at around £6 / sheet in the UK (2017).
  • A reusable display board (shown) might be free if you manage to recycle one, or might be a few tens of pounds if you purchase second hand.
  • The software to do the layout is available as libre / free download. Lots of things would do the job, but Inkscape and Scribus would be a good place to start.

 The easy part

Designing this sort of poster is easy to do competently. The example shown uses a very simple grid formed by mutual subdivision. This link is from 2005, but the advice is sound. Everything else is simply a matter of consistency and thinking about the message payload.

 The hard part

The hard part comes down to the people. If you’ve got a church that’s on the edge of managing decline and perhaps needs this event to work financially as part of a tight operations budget, then you may have a struggle. Convincing people the the missions of God are always the primary thing a church is for when they are tired and dejected can be really hard.

 The disclaimer

This is a really quick post, which I popped up after thinking about what the churches I help have been up to over the past few months with Art Exhibitions, History Exhibitions, Theatre performances and all sorts of amazing stuff. I’m blessed to be helping at churches where, despite their very different traditions, it’s an easy ask to make sure God stays in the picture. .