December 21, 2016
Vital Practices Digest: 5 Things to Help Get Ready for Christmas
This month we offer five resources to help your congregation get ready for Christmas. Please share this digest with others in your congregation and invite them to subscribe to ECF Vital Practices to receive Vestry Papers and this Vital Practices Digest in your inbox each month.
1. Making Room
How are we making room for visitors in our pews, helping them find their place in the bulletin and in God’s church this Christmas? Richelle Thompson shares a reflection in “Making Room.”
“The Data Shows: Invite and They Will Come” shares how, despite not knowing anything about social media marketing, St. Andrew’s tried an ad for less than $20.00 that reached 1,965 people, which led to a 13% boost in attendance at Christmas.
Use this handy “Advent Parish Checklist” for getting your church ready for visitors at Christmas, as well as other aspects of your congregational life including hospitality, administration, and finances.
In Advent we prepare the way for the birth of Jesus, but are visitors going to be able to find their way to your congregation at Christmas? “Prepare the Way for Visitors” offers some quick and practical things to review.
What people see – or don’t see – when entering your church can make a lasting impression. “Hospitality Matters: Seeing Our Buildings Anew” offers suggestions for sprucing up your church.
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