Want to find out what your Conference neighbor churches are doing for children’s worship, a Christmas Carnival, or missions and outreach? Do you want to tell other churches about what you are doing to end child hunger in your neighborhoods? There is a new, Conference-wide Facebook community for the local churches to share and engage in conversation about faith, missions, outreach, community and worship.
“This online community is for local churches to learn how other churches are impacting their communities and to share what they are doing in theirs,” said Director of Connectional Relations Gretchen Hastings. While the Conference hosts the Facebook community, it isn’t a forum for promoting Conference department programs or a clearinghouse for Conference-related information (for example, updates on Disaster Recovery mobilization or how to find a church).
“We are exploring the potential for adding a prayer room to our Facebook page, as well, and we encourage anyone to post feedback and suggestions on our wall,” she added.
The Facebook community is the text-based companion to the Conference’s You Tube channel, according to Don Youngs, Conference Audio/Visual and Internet Coordinator. “We realize that some of us prefer a Facebook sharing community, while others prefer the video channel as a learning platform.” What Are Umc Doing, the video channel, was launched in January.
In addition to Facebook and You Tube, Florida’s communications channels include the Conference home page, the news magazine, Florida Conference Connection, and mobile phone access.