Are you thinking of hosting a Social Media Sunday?
Social Media Sunday is an adaptable idea. It is something that can be done locally, regionally, or globally.
Some keys to success we noticed on our #Episcopal Social Media Sunday on June 29, 2014:
- Worry less about all of the fine details and more about spreading word of the event via social networks
- Leave some room for the Holy Spirit to do her work
- Leave things open ended
- Be prepared to answer the same questions over and over
How Can My Parish Host A Social Media Sunday?
There are many unique ways to hold a Social Media Sunday. Depending on your parish, you may want to:
-Identify one or more members who are veteran social media users to answer questions
-Host an adult forum on social media and the church (see my social media workshop plan)
-Provide a social media help desk where you have your social media experts answer questions about using social media
How Can I Host A Regional or Global Event?
Prepare shareable graphics and text and spread them widely!
We love to use Canva.com to make graphics for social media – quick and easy.
Here are some example graphics:
Here are More Example Announcements and Poster
-Many people have had a negative experience on social media or have concerns about privacy. Be prepared to address these concerns prior to your event.
-Some parishes do not welcome smartphone use during worship services. Please use your best judgement and discuss this issue with members of your community before the event.
-It may be best to wait until coffee hour or other social times to tweet or share. Social media works well during social times at church.
Finally – Have Something Sweet To Eat!
-Bring the fixings for some real sundaes for all to share
-Bake some twitter cookies
-Bake some peanut butter cookies with crossed fork marks for hashtags