Media and Communications Ministry established
In the fall of 2020, the Media and Communications Ministry began setting up and development of a theme-based, mobile responsive, 15 page website to incorporate our brand and identity. We established a church website personalized to our requirements and included: a user-friendly content management system, custom banner, contact form, social media integration, security plugin, Google Analytics, and search engine optimization tools.
We received training on how to maintain our website, add pages as our activities expand and bring traffic to our pages, track visitors to the site and determine our ROI (Return on Investment).
You can now view Pastor Bass’s recent sermons, church calendar, pertinent information regarding our many ministries and newspaper articles about church activities. Folks can also access the updated SCUMC 246 year old history, the Prayer Request Form and Online Giving from the web site.
John Clawson, Cindee Steele and Greg Kleffman are currently attempting to setup a livestreaming process in the Orrick Chapel Fellowship Hall. They are attempting to integrate the media shout software (projection screen), the analog sound board, and the newly downloaded Open Broadcaster Software (OBS), live streaming with studio quality features like picture in picture). The media shout will allow the pastor to continue to put up visuals. We can even integrate his current presentations as a picture in picture mode. The OBS gives us some flexibility.
Media on FaceBook:
Contact: Mary Beth Powell
FaceBook is often used for friends and family to stay in touch, commemorate special events, share photographs, impart wisdom, or just have fun. These things are also present in church families. We have grown very close to one another in spirit through prayer, worship, bible studies and shared ministries. For most of us at SCUMC, FaceBook, like at many churches, was not a focal point in communication. We normally sent cards, made phone calls, participated in ministries and visited each other in our homes. We had about 50 FaceBook page “Likes” in the spring of 2018 and we posted to FaceBook maybe once or twice a month.
When we received a new pastor, Rob Schoeman, in June of 2018, that changed dramatically. Pastor Rob used FaceBook often because his family lived in South Africa, so it was important to him for staying in touch and he was comfortable with the program. He decided to stream his sermons “Live” on FaceBook for the homebound and the sick. Soon we had over 200 page “Likes” and getting plenty of “Amen!” remarks on his sermon posts. A new ministry was started for sharing and caring on FaceBook and it grew from those 50 page “Likes” to over 700 by the fall of 2020. Almost a 4X magnitude growth in numbers in about 2 years time! This growth can be attributed to a passionate leader who didn’t mind being captured live on camera and who hosted bible studies and approved of shared photographs of our congregation and events on FaceBook.
We are a mission-based church with a loving and caring dynamic in our relationships. That feeling has transpired throughout our mission work and can be seen and felt through what we share with each other on our Church FaceBook page. Check it out at:
See SCUMC Facebook
Contact Media Team Coordinator Mary Beth Powell through the contact form.