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New: Facebook Groups!

 

 

Maintaining relationships can be a challenge, even with phone calls, "snail mail", email, and social media. In fact, social media - that thing that was designed to bring us together -  sometimes works against us and leaves us as disconnected as ever.

Recently Facebook (and soon Instagram) changed their algorithms to suppress posts from pages, such as our Calvary Burlington Facebook page, in favour of boosting posts from individuals and groups. Their reasoning is that a public page is something that you follow, whereas friendships and groups are something with which you engage.

When their algorithms changed, we instantly saw a plunge in the number of people who saw and engaged with our posts on Facebook. This was disheartening because our staff try to post a balance of information that is useful to those in the church family, and that which is encouraging or invitational for the community as a whole.

With this change in algorithm, we could have responded in two ways:

First, we could pay Facebook to boost or promote each post on our page. That seemed like a terrible way to steward our finances, plus it looks a little tacky to have each of our posts say, “Sponsored”!

Our second – and best – option was to create a Facebook group. What's the difference? Well, a Facebook page is open for anyone to follow, and a Facebook group is closed and is based more on a sense of community and shared interests.

What does this mean for you?  On our Facebook page you’ll see content posted by “Calvary Burlington” related to information and encouragement, stuff that you can share with your friends and colleagues to let them know what is going on with Calvary Burlington and how your faith has impacted you. And in our Facebook group you will see prayer requests, photos of the church experience, and comments related to the faith journey posted by both Calvary Burlington and the church family. In fact, within the group it is the church family itself that creates the content!

So, if you attend Calvary, we hope you will follow and contribute to both. If you are not yet part of Calvary's group page, send us a request to join - it would be great to see you there!

It is not our intention to overwhelm you with information, but we honestly believe that this group is a tool that we all can use to continue creating community and to build one another up in the faith. If you don't yet attend Calvary, stop by on a Sunday. You'll find people just like yourself - people who don't have it all figured out but who are trying to understand more what it means to follow Jesus. 

See you online!

Candi Thorpe
candi@calvaryburlington.ca

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CalvaryBurl/

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/calvaryburl/

 

 

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The New App is Here

 

The new Calvary App is here, and we think you'll love it!

First we have to mention that when you install the App, please allow notifications. We won't inundate you with texts, but there are things you will want to know about (program updates, inclement weather). After you download the App open it and allow notifications. Then navigate to the side menu (top lefthand side of the screen) click Settings, and then Notifications. There you can select which groups can notify you. Definitely click General, and then add any other relevant groups. 

Here are just a few of the features of the new App:

The Home screen features an entire section devoted to Sunday morning. You'll find the online Bulletin and the digital Connection Card, as well as our new Sermon Notes section. There you can fill in your notes and then email them to yourself so that you can look them over during the week. 

The Events tab gives you our calendar at a glance. Within each event you can add it to your calendar (use the calendar icon on the top righthand side of the screen), or send the event via text or email. Pro tip: use this feature to invite someone to a games night, or to remind family members about upcoming programs. 

The Media tab allows access to the latest sermons and notes. Pro tip: Download the sermon to your phone so that you can listen on the go, and save on your data charges! You'll find the Downloads in the Menu (three little lines in the top lefthand side of the screen). Also cool is that the media player is also available online through the desktop experience - click here to see it

The Bible tab gives you both a full Bible and a reading plan - no other Bible App needed! Pro tip: The App will read Scripture out loud, and iOS users can airplay it to an Apple TV for an even bigger sound experience. 

One of the main reasons we love the App is that it isn't cookie-cutter. It has been fully developed and is customized for our church family. You'll notice that at the time of launch we have an entire section devoted to #TheGreatestBook - our national initiative to get back into God's Word, including a 14-day devotional. At other times of the year we will have tabs for Christmas at Calvary, Easter, Summer Camp and more. 

This is just a taste of what you'll find in the App; download it today and check it out for yourself. 

Candi Thorpe

candi@calvaryburlington.ca

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