The Church Sofa Half Serious Guide To Church: Mobile Phones

Love them?
Hate them?

They might be used to read Bible passages.
They might be used to Tweet.
They might be used to text someone else in the congregation.

There’s no doubting that mobile phones are (at least) going to be sat in peoples pockets during Church services, no matter what happens.

So. Just remember the golden rule… Keep your phone on silent… Everyone knows how embarrassing it is when your phone does go off during a service, and you dont want it happening to you… But it happening to someone else can be good fun… *

For this, make sure you’re sat in a solitary spot of the congregation, maybe an aisle that only has your self and your victim sat on, or a corner of the hall that only has a few people sat in. As a quiet moment of the service approaches, excuse yourself and step out, leaving your phone behind, set to loud, with your victim of choice.

After you’ve stepped out, take out your secret second mobile from your pocket, and ring your phone still in the church service.

Confusion and embarrassment will reign as everyone looks at and blames your victim for the ensuring distraction. The victim will then, in turn sit there for a moment or two of blissful ignorance of the fact that he is in fact in possession of the offending phone.

Fun times for all involved.

*Team Sofa can not be held liable for anything that happens as a result of this!

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Weekly Roundup: Squeak Edition

Well. The news is filled with reports of how cold its going to get this weekend, so stay in – and give this list a read!

  • Richard Littledale reminds us Gods promises.
  • The eChurch blog looks at the most search Bible passage on Biblegateway.com
  • There have been an interesting amount of comments recently about the issue of discipline at the Mars Hill churches in America. Possibly out of these comments, marshillrefuge.blogspot.com has been formed. I’d recommend checking out the first post before passing judgement to quickly.
  • Phil Maylor plays Wheres Jesus?
  • The Baptist website Beyond400 wonders a world without denomination
  • As someone who feels a little separated from Manchester at points… I cant help but feel a little intrigued by praylovemanchester.com. If you’re based in Manchester, it may be worth keeping an eye on this.
  • … And Finally… The Church Mouse has returned for a one blog post about Ladies Hats

 

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10 Ways to get your Church Website Talking

So. You have a Church website.

Fantastic. This means you have information about your Church, where people look for it.

Question for you. Does your website feel a little bit like an online brochure? That might be fine for what you’re trying to achieve, and if your website serves your church and the community it serves, then fantastic.

If you’re been pondering ways to get your website talking, your churches story shared online, and maybe some two way discussion started; then this list is for you:

  1. Blog. Like this. It can be a place to share  news, local stories, videos, weblinks etc…
  2. Video. Video can get reactions from people, who may not be interested in reading a written article.  Just dont fall into the trap of putting a powerful video online, and expecting lives to be changed because of it. Give your visitors the chance to ask questions / follow up on the video.
  3. Contact. Make it easy for people to get in touch with someone from the church. In fact make it really easy for people, to get in touch with you. Try having a form that people can type directly into.
  4. Do you have a Facebook Page?  Is your church on Twitter?  As well as linking to these pages, its also possible to embed your Facebook / Twitter updates into your website. This gives your website some fresh content each time you update Facebook, giving your site a fresher feel.
  5. A number of charities are starting to look more seriously at Google Plus, with some interest in the “Search plus Your World” feature, which links your Google search results in with what people you know are talking about on Google Plus.
  6. Diaspora… you could host a private hub… (maybe for the adventurous types)
  7. Local news / Local Information. Is there any way that you could provide information for the local community?
  8. Run a poll. See what people think. Ask a question during the service, and encourage people to answer it online. In fact, could you encourage people to answer the poll on their smart phones during the service?
  9. On that note, could the preacher encourage questions via Twitter?  Possibly using your churches own #hashtag?

These points are in no particular order, and some are a little more…out there then others.

  • How does your church share its story online?
  • Do you have a tenth tip to share?

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Weekly Round Up: The ahplA Edition

Welcome to the Weekly round up – back on Saturdays!!!

 

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Your Last Journey

Its amazing what you can find at a “Christian Resources Exhibition”, if you’re into cycling this would be perfect for your last trip to Church:

 

Prefer your bike to have an engine, theres something here for you as well…

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How Are You?

It was a simple question, but it was lingering in the air as I read it.

A simple question, but I was stumped for an answer.

Maybe it’s because I’m English.
Maybe it’s because I ask the question almost all the time at work.
Perhaps customers ask me at work.. And I know how many I them are really interested in my answer.
Maybe it’s because, even when its people who (I know) really care about me ask, the busyness of life means the subject is moved on quickly enough.
Maybe it’s because i’ve known him for years.
Perhaps its just all those nights at the pub.
Or maybe it’s because I know I can’t fool him…

He simply asked;

How are you?

I wanted to say, “same as normal”… But how is that?

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