-Moses wasn’t using TripAdvisor to find a nice, reasonable hotel in the desert
-Martha wasn’t on Pinterest looking up recipes to serve Jesus
-David wasn’t posting his latest psalms to his YouTube Channel
-Jesus wasn’t live tweeting events (although all the Beatitudes are 140 characters or less, making them perfectly suited for Twitter!)
However, our faith has gone viral since the very beginning. Paul might not have had a smartphone, but he used the social media of his time: Epistles, which continue to spread throughout the world today.
#Episcopal Social Media Sunday on June 29, 2014 was a huge success! There were 4,000+ posts on Twitter and Instagram and thousands more on Facebook. With monitoring tools, we estimated that we reached 1million+ on Twitter alone, and image there were millions more on Facebook! At approximately 10am EST we hit the top of the US Trends chart on Twitter.
We even got the attention of Archbishop of Canterbury, the Rt Revd Justin Welby!
More importantly, for a time on Sunday, I think many of us had the realization that we really are all in church together on Sunday mornings. The posts and images captured a family photo album of our church life together. These posts were faithfully captured by Beth Felice, Director of Communications for the Diocese of Missouri, using a tool called Spundge.
Storify is another tool that was used to collect the images and posts for the day from the Diocese of Missouri and Episcopal Church on Instagram. It is a great tool to use if you are trying to capture a social media event!
Who Started This?
Carolyn Clement is the volunteer web and social media editor for Trinity Tarrifville, CT. Laura Catalano is the volunteer web and social media editor for St. Timothy’s Creve Coeur, MO. The met through Meredith Gould‘s #chsocm (Church Social Media) tweet chats. Last year, Carolyn held a Social Media Sunday for her church. Laura thought is was a great idea, and followed with something similar last fall.
Sometime in winter 2014, they both had an idea that it would be fun to do a Social Media Sunday as a church-wide event, so they started to put some resources together. It is not an official event – just two volunteers who like to spread the word about the Episcopal Church and have some fun using social media.
And the rest is history…..
Check out what the Episcopal Church world is saying today – LIVE – by click on the links below:
Join the conversation! Use the #Episcopal tag on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram anytime.
It’s time for me to take a break, so I’m putting website building, church social media, and blogging on hold for a year. Read more here: