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Get Your Church (or School) Noticed ...

This section of the communications area of the website contains advice and help on getting your church noticed as we progress onwards with Vision 2026: Healthy Churches Transforming Communities.

In June 2016 Neil Pugmire, Communications Adviser for Portsmouth Diocese and Ronnie Semley, Diocesan Communications Manager for our Diocese led a 'Get Your Church Noticed ... For Crossroads Mission and Beyond' communications training event at St Cuthbert's Church in Preston.

Many of the points of common sense advice apply as much to schools as to churches, so the following links will be as useful to schools as to our parishes.

The event was very successful with the majority of attendees saying it was 'excellent' on feedback forms. Click here for evaluation highlights. We hope to run the event again in 2017. Watch this space!

Content of the day was based on the book '100 Ways to Get Your Church Noticed' and the accompanying website.
  • 'Get Your Church Noticed' presentation (Prezi file) CLICK HERE
  • Accompanying notes for the above presentation (pdf file) CLICK HERE
  • 'Get Your Church Noticed' video on our Diocesan YouTube channel CLICK HERE
Here are some links to some basic advice from the 'GYCN' website to get you going ...

Creating a communications strategy

Social media - some basics

You can read much more about all the above topics and discover other great ideas for getting your church noticed in the book which is available to buy via the official GCYN website.

More help to 'get your church (or school) noticed ...'

WRITING NEWS STORIES/PRESS RELEASES: For advice on writing news stories or press releases; taking pictures and conducting interviews CLICK HERE.

PRESS RELEASE TEMPLATE: For a template parish press release (Word template) please CLICK HERE to download.

A CHURCH NEAR YOU: Are you on the 'A Church Near You' website? CLICK HERE for some information about getting involved.

YOUTUBE VIDEOS: Showing YouTube videos for use in church or at school, or related groups? Some advice ...
Firstly make sure the site owner has set the video for download and showing in public. If you can't copy the url (a url is the online 'address' of the video) then chances are they don't want to have their material downloaded! Check the site carefully, but if in any doubt don't download. Please note ALL videos on our regularly updated Diocesan YouTube channel ( can be downloaded free for use across the Diocese.
Obviously the quickest way to show a YouTube video is directly from the web but if you don't have wifi available then you will need to download the video to play offline from a laptop.
This site ... ... allows you to download videos to your computer for use offline in good quality. 
Copy the url of the video you want from YouTube - usually the quickest way of doing this is to right click on the video and then 'copy video url' from the menu. When you visit this site, in the field at the top of the page where it says 'just insert a link', paste the url you have copied. 
It then shows a image from the video below and a green button next to it. It will automatically go to the best format available for download from what is a free converter. Then click on the green 'download' button and it will bring up a folder page to allow you to save it to your computer.
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