Faith in the Community Wokingham Borough

Encouraging Christians in Wokingham Borough to Engage with their Communities

Tag: community (page 2 of 2)

Encourage Newsletter July 2016 Foodbanks

Welcome to your monthly buy gabapentin online overnight delivery Encourage newsletter from Faith in the Community Wokingham Borough.  This is your resource; to tell the community what you are doing and to find out what might be useful for people you are supporting. Share this on your website, within your own communications and across the social media networks AND keep sending us your good news.

Each month Encourage will have focus on one area of need being tackled in our community. This month… Foodbanks.

Every day people across Wokingham Borough go hungry; people on a low income or made redundant or ill; the young and the older, families and people on their own; people just like you. The economic crisis and government cuts have seen a big increase in the number of people needing help. Foodbanks provide …..

encourage-by-fitcwokiboro-july16

Yeldall Manor

This is the second of a series of articles about christian charities across Wokingham Borough.  Why not help Yeldall Manor rehabilitate more people by sharing this across Facebook, on Twitter, on your website and with your networks by email.

Yeldall Manor is a rehabilitation centre, which for nearly 40 years has been helping men overcome their drug and alcohol addictions and return to society to live new lives; drug, alcohol and crime free.

11159459_10152889245822523_2989694734848667815_n

The Yeldall Manor First-Stage Programme is a rehabilitation programme, lasting 12-24 weeks, which combines counselling, group sessions and work in the house/grounds. At Yeldall Manor, residents find a place where the staff and other residents welcome and accept them. We try to be like a family and, like good parents, offer both love and discipline. Because the life of an addict is very chaotic, days in rehab are quite structured to help them bring order back into their lives.

Yeldall Manor is a Christian organisation, as we believe that the best means of achieving rehabilitation is through discipleship to Jesus Christ. However, residents do not have to be Christian to join the programme, and we never insist, or force such a commitment upon anyone.  Work is an important part of the programme – helping in the grounds, maintenance of the house or the kitchen. Some of our residents haven’t held down a job before, so they have to learn to take orders (sometimes from staff younger than themselves), to do jobs that they may not enjoy and to work as a team, as well as learning new skills (like horticulture, chain-sawing or cooking).

Counselling and group sessions provide the ‘therapy’ in the programme and help our residents face up to problems in their lives, which have often been ‘hidden’ by the drinking or drug-taking; many suffered childhood abuse or other traumas which need to be gently addressed.

Following successful completion of this programme, all residents have the opportunity to join the 18-24 week Yeldall Lodge Second-Stage Programme. This helps residents prepare for life outside Yeldall, with voluntary work, training courses and separate supported accommodation.  Residents live in one of two self-contained flats in the 10-bed Lodge, which is a separate building on the Yeldall Manor site. Throughout this programme residents learn to live more independently and are responsible for their own cooking, cleaning and washing.  Residents receive help with finding voluntary work placements, which they attend two days a week in order to gain further work experience and help prepare them for permanent work once they complete the programme. We also provide groups in areas such as relapse prevention, life skills, budgeting, relationship building, healthy eating and nutrition.

On completing the Second-Stage, residents have the opportunity to benefit from the Yeldall Third-Stage Programme, which can offer supported housing and/or voluntary work/training with our Grounds Maintenance Services as the men start to resettle back into the community. At this stage and beyond, our ex-residents receive on-going support from our Aftercare team.

13581921_10153841064777523_368486183454354104_o

Rehabilitation is not easy, but it is effective. During our latest monitoring period, of those that completed both programmes between six and eighteen months ago, currently over 90% continue to live drug/alcohol-free and most are working in either a paid or a voluntary capacity.

 

http://laurier-optical.com/locations/?wpsl-search-input=G9C How you can help Yeldall Manor

There are three main ways you can help Yedall Manor with their work; you can volunteer your time and talents, donate money and pray.  You can find all about these at their website.

Community Navigator Scheme Launch

Community Navigator Launch Events poster Jul16 (002)

buy modafinil online from canada Supporting and Empowering People to Engage in Self-care, Independence and Well-being across the Borough of Wokingham

On Tuesday 12th July at Bradbury Centre in Wokingham and on Tuesday 19th July at St Nicolas Church in Earley Involve Wokingham will be launching the Community Navigator Scheme.

Community Navigators are local volunteers who help people find their way to activities, services or organisations which they would enjoy, find useful or benefit from within the local community. This is an information giving and signposting project.

The Community Navigator scheme is for anyone of any age from the Wokingham Borough. You may be a young parent looking for peer support and different activities in your area, you may be a working age individual wanting to find out about local sports or music clubs and groups or you could be an elderly person looking to find support with managing a health condition or looking for new social networks to join. See the example scenario below.  Navigators are recruited, trained and supported by a volunteer co-ordinator at involve and are based at GP surgeries and community venues across the Borough of Wokingham.

People can access the service through a referral. This may be from a GP, social worker, family member or a self-referral. A time slot is booked with a Navigator who will explore a range of options in the community for the individual to engage with and will encourage them to attend groups, activities and services that can help them meet their needs.  Navigators are not counsellors or experts at dealing with particular issues and they are not going to solve a person’s problems for them – but they will help and guide the individual to discover “what’s on in their community”.

These launch events are for everyone who might be interested in volunteering as community navigators as well as support workers and organisations who will be happy to accept referrals through the scheme.

Please come along to one of the launch events and spread the news through your community, let’s make sure this scheme can help as many people as possible across Wokingham Borough.

Community-Navigator-Launch-Events-poster-Jul16

Just Around the Corner (JAC)

This is the first of a series of articles about christian charities across Wokingham Borough.  Why not help JAC become better known by sharing this across Facebook, on Twitter, on your website and with your networks by email.

Just Around the Corner (JAC) was founded in 1998 and the organisation works with disadvantaged young people to encourage them to make positive choices. Last year JAC, as a whole, delivered 2039 sessions to 11,954 young people.  Their incredible team of volunteers gave 8792 volunteer hours.  The JAC PAD in Wokingham town centre has worked with young people and adults suffering with anxiety, addiction and other problems, offering a drop in service and a market stall to help them socialise; this is being changed as Wokingham is developed.   They also have a community shop for those that are work ready to gain retail experience in a supported environment.  The final aspect of their work is on the streets to build relationships with young people as well as running emotional literacy groups in Schools.  Below are details JAC have provided about the different services.

Rehoboth Activity centre and stables
At our multi activity centre and stables we do intense therapeutic work with young people through Equine Assisted Learning , horticulture, pottery, arts & crafts & land management. Young people are referred as they are struggling in mainstream education or not accessing education at all. The reasons that they are referred for are varied and could be trauma, sexual and / or domestic abuse, self-harm, eating disorders, low self-esteem, post adoption issues, attachment disorders, emotional, social or behavioural issues etc. Some of our young people are unable to cope with mainstream Education and are with us full time, as it is the only place where they will engage and feel safe. Once they have finished the EAL programme – many young people continue to volunteer with us on supported placements and some complete accredited training courses with us (NVQ’s, Berkshire award, etc.)

rehoboth

Detached work
JAC have been involved in several community events and will be involved in re-developing some community land for young people under the A329 M – the suggestions have been to turn the area in to a parkour (free running area) skate park or BMX – or all three!

Schools work
JAC are still working hard in Maiden Erlegh, mentoring and running Schools groups

JACPAD
We are losing the JACPAD and the JAC SHOP in Wokingham Town Centre because of the redevelopment but for now we are still mentoring, training and developing young people through the Market Stall and the shop. Several young people have now gained employment and we are looking forward to seeing more lives changed before December.

Pad_Contacts_pic

Rehoboth
This year we have been setting up Education for those young people that are with us almost full time. We have a fully qualified teacher who is working on functional skills in English and Maths with them and 3 of them sat an exam last week!  Some of them are also doing an NVQ in Horse care. For young people who have disengaged from Education or for whom main stream and other special school placements haven’t worked – it is incredible to see them achieving so much at JAC that will set them up for their future. 2 of our young people both got distinctions in their last NVQ unit on horse care.  JAC have now also raised enough funds to buy a horse box which will take the equine work to a new level.

rehoboth2

JAC therapeutic programme
This has expanded and we are now offering: pottery, arts and crafts, welding, horticulture, small animals, goats, donkeys, horses, bees and much more.

goats

How you can help JAC
There are three main ways you can help JAC with their work; you can volunteer your time and talents, donate money and pray.

JAC-July-2016

1If you would like to receive this monthly prayer diary or get involved in any way then please email info@jacoutreach.org

And please support their Family Fun DAY on the 9th July – Saturday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
With pony rides, meet the goats and donkeys, horse games, quiz, stalls, decorating horse shoes, raffle, refreshments and BBQ.

2016-Family-Fun-Day

Earley and East Reading Churches at East Reading Festival

Last weekend Churches Together in Earley and East Reading (CTEER) came together to provide a church zone at the East Reading Festival in Palmer Park.  The festival is “a celebration of the diversity of the local community and aims to strengthen the connections between the people and organisations of the area.”  There were over 50 stalls and 3 performance stages at the free festival and the church zone was a key part of the festival which welcomed over 5000 visitors.

Copy of ERF Logo

A wide range of churches worked together at the East Reading Festival including Vineyard with the Healing on the Streets team, Wycliffe, Park United Reformed Church, Anderson Baptist Church including the Nepali congregation, Earley Christian Fellowship, Brookside, St Nicolas Church, Wesley Methodist and CAP (Christians against Poverty).  Here are some of the photos celebrating the presence, prayer and praise that blessed the festival and the community.

13502138_895051633956471_1239626043965660274_n

The puppets came along from Wycliffe

 

13432261_895051707289797_3992230506812505165_n

The Boys Brigade organised a game of football

13466550_895051387289829_6551867840161593851_n

There was worship by the Nepalese church

13507212_895051413956493_5805077635985653107_n

Home For Good and Christian Community Action were in attendance raising awareness of their charities

13432139_895051367289831_209153532327633332_n

Messy Church was visited by many families and there was a tent available for specific prayer

13445249_895051497289818_5969862393512113979_n

Healing on the Streets were praying over anyone who wanted to be blessed with it

 

We are called to be in the world but not of the world; the presence of the churches together at East Reading Festival showed this in all it’s fullness.  We look forward to coming along again next year.

With thanks to Steve Blunden for the wonderful photos.

Encourage Newsletter June 2016 Summer Holidays

Welcome to your monthly Encourage newsletter from Faith in the Community Wokingham Borough.  This is your resource; to tell the community what you are doing and to find out what might be useful for people you are supporting. Share this on your website, within your own communications and across the social media networks AND keep sending us your good news.

Each month Encourage will have focus on one area of need being tackled in our community. This month… Summer Holidays.

The summer holidays are approaching and we know that this is a time of both challenge and opportunity.  It is a challenge for parents who have to balance life, work and children; a challenge for grandparents who might be doing more childcare than normal and a challenge for the rest of the community who might see their normal activities stop for many week.

But we are all about opportunities to meet the needs of kids, parents, grandparents and everyone else in our communities; so here is a selection of what is going on through July and August this year……

encourage-by-fitcwokiboro-june16

How to… Communicate as a Church

social-media-connecting-the-world

What is Communication?

  • Not telling, but being heard
  • Not informing, but engaging
  • Not broadcasting, but interacting

 

What is Church?

  • The people not the building
  • A cross generational community
  • The most complicated of organisations

 

social media speech bubble

 

Who do you want to communicate with?

  • The church community / congregation
  • Anyone who is connected with the church
  • Everyone living in the area around the church
  • Absolutely any one who is interested to hear from us

 

social-media

 

How to communicate within the church

  • Realise that communicating within the church is a ministry
  • Put in the time, it is a conversation with many people and that takes a lot of effort
  • Encourage everyone in the church to be part of the communication – they have networks
  • Make the communication relevant for each generation

 

How to communicate outside the church

  • This is mission and evangelism, own that
  • Give information about what you offer and how to join
  • Share the good news about what you are doing and planning
  • Get everyone in the church involved and sharing the communication
  • Build networks of sharing communication to broaden the breadth and depth of reach
  • Use a range of communication to reach the different generations

 

Social media networks projecting out from smartphone. Editorial use only

 

Communicate to every generation

When working with Traditionalists (born before 1945):

  • Use formal greetings and salutations: Mr. or Mrs.
  • Ask them how they want to be addressed.
  • Respect their experience and acknowledge it in front of other team members.
  • Give feedback face to face.
  • Include them in groups that have a defined hierarchy, even if they are not the lead.

 

When working with Baby Boomers (born 1946 – 1964):

  • Involve them in group decisions.
  • Communicate with them more often.
  • They thirst for reporting on progress and status.
  • Greetings can be less formal and more relaxed than Traditionalists.
  • Recognize their titles and status in the group.
  • Remember, they are extremely competitive.

 

When working with Generation X (born 1965 – 1982):

  • When communicating the “what,” remember the “why.”
  • They like to be abreast of the bigger picture.
  • Let them know you care about how the job affects them and their family.
  • Communicate with them less often.
  • They do not need to be micromanaged.
  • Give them the result you want, and let them determine the best course of action.
  • No long meetings or lengthy communications late in the day (especially Fridays).
  • They get anxious when they believe work is cutting into family time.

 

When working with Millennials (born 1983 – 2000):

  • Communicate in small bits of information.
  • They are used to conversing in sound bites.
  • Communicate often, but not face to face if possible.
  • Use e-mail or text messaging or even messaging.
  • Reinforce positive performance and/or behaviours.
  • When communicating the “what,” don’t be as focused on the “why.”
  • Concentrate on results.

 

 

Methods of  Communication
T – traditionalists            B – Baby Boomers
X – Gen X                              M – Millennials

  • Announcements (T, B)
  • Sunday sheet (T, B)
  • Church calendar (T, B)
  • Notice board (T, B)
  • Sandwich boards (T)
  • Newsletters (T, B, X)
  • Posters and fliers (T, B, X)
  • Word of Mouth (B, X)
  • PowerPoint slides in church (B, X)
  • Website (B, X)
  • Emails (B, X, M)
  • Blog (B, X, M)
  • Facebook (B, X, M)
  • Twitter (X, M)
  • Instagram (X, M)
  • Snapchat / Whats App / Text Message (M)
  • Videos (M)
  • Personal Invitation (T, B, X, M)

 

Home for Good: how you can help

On Sunday 5th June 2016  Woodley Churches Together invited Bethany Hare of Home for Good Reading and Wokingham to speak at Praise in the Park.  Rather than summarise her inspirational talk, we have decided to share it in it’s entirety.

logo

Hi my name is Bethany Hare, I am the project worker for Home for Good Reading and Wokingham.  For those of you who don’t know Home for Good is a christian charity, we are raising awareness of the need for local foster and adoptive parents we want to find a home for every child who needs one and we believe that the Church can make a difference. Home for Good are also encouraging Church’s to offer support to foster carers, adopters and their children.
I want to start by asking you three questions which I want you think about throughout my talk

Do you believe God Loves you?

Do you believe he has a plan for you?

And how do you share God’s love with others?’
My talk today is going to be based on Jeremiah 29 verse 11 ‘for I know the plans I have for you, declares the lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’
Now I don’t know about you but there have been several occasions in my life when I have doubted and questioned this. I would love to be able to turn around and say yes throughout my life I have been certain God loves me and has a plan for me, plans for welfare… however I would be lying. When I am going through difficult times, I have turn to God and said ‘right ok…where are you? Now would be the perfect time for you to share my plan with me…’ It got me thinking that If I struggle to come to terms with this as a Christian then imagine how the vulnerable children in our society would react to the idea that God loves them and has a plan for them. The children who are not able to live with their own family and are living in uncertainty, who are waiting for a family, a place they can have stability. The fact God has a plan for them and does not want to harm them would be very difficult to grasp unless the love of God is demonstrated too them through others.
A foster carer recently shared with us that when things seem particularly demanding These words of Joni Earekson Tada inspire her in her fostering.  ‘But God didn’t send a greeting card to show His love, He came Himself. He didn’t just tell us He loved us, He gave up His own life on our behalf. You can talk and sing about love until the cows come home. But at the end of the day, real love means sacrifice.’

I have been a social worker for almost 7 years now and although there are challenges and difficulties I enjoy it. 3 years ago I got baptised and a lady came up to me and said to me ‘God has given me a picture for you. It’s a picture of stepping stones. God wants you to know he has laid a path for you. You don’t need to be afraid he has cleared the way.’ Ironically a few months later I was off work due to personal reasons unsure if I could ever face being a social worker again. I doubted what I was supposed to do and what my plan was…this was the time I was referring to earlier about shouting to God and asking him to shed some light. I decided to go back to social worker however began working supporting and assessing adopters and foster carers. I was happy in my role and had no plans to move. At the same time several members of my church including the youth workers had it on their heart to set up a support group for foster carers and adopters. We had a meeting to discuss this and at the end we prayed. Both the youth workers said to me they felt I should contact Home for Good and see if they have any jobs. Little did they know the job description for Reading and Wokingham Project worker was just being finalised. I applied for the role and on a Wednesday I found out I had an interview, on the Thursday I found out I was going to be made redundant at my current work place and on the Friday I found out I had the job for Home for Good.
This is my testimony of God’s love for me and his plan. Although I still go through difficulties and have no doubt I will continue to face struggles I hold on to God’s plan for me and declare that God will pull me through.

I am sure there are many others who are able to share how God has showed his love for you and have amazing testimonies and others who would say I haven’t experienced that. God has shown his love for us time and time again although sometimes when things are difficult it is hard to remember this. But it is written down for us as a constant reminder.

The bible is the ultimate love story…it is about God’s love for each of us.  A God who is our father.  He has adopted us and has an amazing plan for us. Too often adoption is seen as a negative however it is positive. We have been chosen by our father. We are not a mistake, we are loved and cherished.

Father’s Love Letter is a compilation of Bible verses from both the Old & New Testaments that are presented in the form of a love letter from God to you.
My Child…You may not know me, but I know everything about you. (Psalm 139:1) I know when you sit down and when you rise up. (Psalm 139:2) I am familiar with all your ways. (Psalm 139:3) Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. (Matthew 10:29-31) For you were made in my image. (Genesis 1:27) In me you live and move and have your being. (Acts 17:28) For you are my offspring. (Acts 17:28) I knew you even before you were conceived. (Jeremiah 1:4-5) I chose you when I planned creation. (Ephesians 1:11-12) You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. (Psalm 139:15-16) I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live. (Acts 17:26) You are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14) I knit you together in your mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13) And brought you forth on the day you were born. (Psalm 71:6) I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know me. (John 8:41-44) I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love. (1 John 4:16) And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. (1 John 3:1) Simply because you are my child and I am your Father. (1 John 3:1) I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. (Matthew 7:11) For I am the perfect Father. (Matthew 5:48) Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. (James 1:17) For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. (Matthew 6:31-33) My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. (Jeremiah 29:11) Because I love you with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3) My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. (Psalms 139:17-18) And I rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17) I will never stop doing good to you. (Jeremiah 32:40) For you are my treasured possession. (Exodus 19:5) I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul. (Jeremiah 32:41) And I want to show you great and marvelous things. (Jeremiah 33:3) If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. (Deuteronomy 4:29) Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4) For it is I who gave you those desires. (Philippians 2:13) I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. (Ephesians 3:20) For I am your greatest encourager. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17) I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you. (Psalm 34:18) As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. (Isaiah 40:11) One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. (Revelation 21:3-4) And I’ll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. (Revelation 21:3-4) I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. (John 17:23) For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. (John 17:26) He is the exact representation of my being. (Hebrews 1:3) He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. (Romans 8:31) And to tell you that I am not counting your sins. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19) Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19) His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. (1 John 4:10) I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. (Romans 8:31-32) If you receive the gift of my son, Jesus, you receive me. (1 John 2:23) And nothing will ever separate you from my love again. (Romans 8:38-39) Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. (Luke 15:7) I have always been Father and will always be Father. (Ephesians 3:14-15) My question is…will you be my child? (John 1:12-13) I am waiting for you. (Luke 15:11-32) love your dad almighty God

Do you believe God Loves you?

Do you believe he has a plan for you?

Do you share God’s love with others?
God loves us and if we believe this it is our job to show God’s love to others in our society through acceptance, kindness, love and respect.
God is our ultimate father and is well pleased with us. I want you to think about what God’s plan is for you? Can you share his love in your local community or through your work?

As part of Home for Good what we want to do is reflect God’s love to our vulnerable children. It is amazing how the simplicity of love; acceptance is to children who have never experienced it before.
In Reading we have pledge to find 50 homes for local children and in Wokingham we have pledged to find 2o homes for the local children in care. These sound like a lot however, when you consider how many churches we have across Reading and Wokingham….it is not that much.
There are different ways you can support home for good
Can you help home for good come to your church to promote fostering and adoption?
Can you support those in your community who are already fostering or have adopted?
Could you consider fostering or adopting a child?
If you would like to find out more please contact Bethany Hare, Reading and Wokingham home for good Project worker.

It may not be Home for Good that God has placed on your heart but I would love you to come away from today thinking about What has God placed on your heart? What is your plan?
I want to finish by reading Jeremiah 29 verse 11 again and declaring it over all of you. ‘for I know the plans I have for you, declares the lord, plans to prosper you and NOT to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’

 

Below is a video of the last segment of Bethany’s talk; we hope this inspires you to pray about what God might have put on your heart and to share with your friends and neighbours.

Bethany Hare, Home for Good at Praise in the Park Woodley 2016

How to… Facebook

social-media-connecting-the-world

What is Facebook?

Facebook is a community where people use their authentic identities.  A personal profile is for non-commercial use and represents an individual person.  The people in a church would have their own Facebook profiles which should reflect their lives closely; it is with these profiles that people interact with other people, pages and groups.  In order to start a Facebook page or group you must have an identity as yourself.

 

Facebook Pages

Pages are for organisations to share their stories and connect with people.  When you start a Facebook page for an organisation you are required to confirm that you are an approved representative of that organisation.   You customize Pages by publishing stories, hosting events and starting conversations. People who like your Page and their friends get updates from your Page in their News Feed.

Pages are predominantly about sharing information although some will include discussions, reviews and chats.  Facebook pages are used much like websites and should be kept current and encourage interaction and sharing of the posts onto individuals’ own timelines.

 

Facebook Groups

Groups are spaces where you can keep in touch with people by sharing updates, photos or documents.  In order to create a group you become the administrator.  Most groups will have at least two administrators and a number of other people who can ensure that the group is used appropriately and rules adhered to.  This is not a difficult thing to achieve until the size or activity of the group grows large.

Groups are places for discussion and sharing, depending on the type of group.  There are public, private, closed and secret groups.  Open groups can be read by anyone but you must be accepted as a group member before you can post or comment; closed groups can not be read by anyone except the members, who have to be approved to join; secret groups are not shown in any lists or searchable systems and members have to be invited to join.  It is important to choose which sort of group you might like; for example a prayer chain group would most likely be closed but a church chat group would be open.

Most churches will have several groups within their church, these might well be expected to be replicated on Facebook.  Identifying the groups and their admins and keeping these supported is an important thing for church leaders to undertake.

 

social media speech bubble

What are the benefits of Facebook?

Share Information
Facebook is a cross generational social media platform which appeals from teenagers through to the silver surfers in retirement.  It is often used by families to keep in touch and share news and photographs.  Facebook is used to share information both about personal lives and interests; for example people might share charity events they are involved in or campaigns they are supporting.  Individuals will share articles of interest onto their timeline so that their friends can see them; in this way news can spread rapidly.

Events
Facebook events are an excellent way to tell people about something which is going to happen.  By creating an event for the community fun day and inviting all your contacts in that community you have immediately told them about the event.  You can also share events into community groups or ask people to share events with their friends or invite their friends.  This is free to use and extremely effective with those aged 30-60 who tend to be the most connected on Facebook.

Chat
Facebook discussions, debates and other chat are becoming increasingly popular and allow groups of people to share their interests and opinions as they might do in real life.  Many churches find that discussions about sermons continue through the week and that prayer support can be requested and provided without the need for a central point.  However this requires that administrators are active and watching out for any arguments or additional needs beyond that of Facebook.

Networking
Facebook has fostered networks and friendships across the world, taking on the role of discussion boards before it, enabling strong bonds to form.  It is a fact of our current society that people do not necessarily live near to people they wish to socialise with and Facebook enables these relationships to continue and develop.  Charities and Churches are able to receive and give support to members who are geographically displaced and this is an important aspect of an organisations’ life and mission.

 

social-media

How to get onto Facebook

If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can sign up for one in a few steps:

  1. Go to www.facebook.com.
  2. If you see the signup form, fill out your name, email address or phone number, password, birthday and gender. If you don’t see the form, click Sign Up, then fill out the form.
  3. Click Sign Up.
  4. Once you sign up, you’ll need to confirm your email address or phone number. They will send you either an email or a text message to help you confirm your account.
  5. Spend time connecting with people and pages and groups you know and learn as you go.  Most people are more than happy to help new users find their way if you ask for help.

 

Online Mission

Online Mission: Would you like some training?
We are putting together a one day workshop to increase your confidence and use of social media. We are keeping the cost of as low as possible and expect it to be £25. This day will be entirely practical, allowing participants to learn from the experience of creating a video, uploading it to YouTube, Tweeting about it and sharing it on Facebook. Fill in the form below if you would like to be kept informed or have any questions about what the day.

Newer posts