Last updated 23rd March 2021
A Church Near You is a powerful tool for parishes to engage with and this page is all about helping you to get to grips with it if you aren't yet doing so.
It also contains further tips and advice to parishes already active on the site.
What this page contains:
The popular 'A Church Near You' website, now includes the chance for Anglican parishes in Lancashire to use it to create what is effectively their own free and bespoke website!
A Church Near You is a very powerful tool ... it is created and promoted by the national church as well as every Diocese. This strength in numbers means it is invariably the first place regular and more casual churchgoers turn to when wanting to find out information about churches in their local area.
An upgrade to the site in 2019 was partly shaped by a series of focus groups for clergy and parishioners across the country including several run in our Diocese in Lancashire at the Diocesan Offices near Blackburn in 2017.
A full list of key features are bullet-pointed below. All parishes should have appointed, or should appoint as soon as possible, their own A Church Near You editor who can 'own' your own parish page on behalf of the parish. The Diocese is not able to do this for parishes; each parish must 'own' their own pages.
Find out more about A Church Near You by watching this helpful video from Manchester Diocese which highlights features also relevant to our own Diocese ...
Prior to the pandemic the site was enhanced in late 2019 for maximum impact and to create new features, including adding church schools into the databanks and a new analytics feature showing number of page views each week.
Since the pandemic began it has proved to be an important way of parishes being able to communicate online and to get information across about local activities. A Church Near You is the Church of England's largest website. Each year, 17,500 editors across The Church of England keep our church's pages up to date and welcome people into your worshipping community by advertising your services and events.
The most recent updates to the site include:
ACNY is managed nationally and therefore the Diocese of Blackburn offices have no editorial access to your church and is unable to make requests or amendments in relation to parish pages.
The following information is specifically for A Church Near You editors ...
The site now includes the ability to add news stories and news sheets, a gallery and, most excitingly, the option of using your A Church Near You page as your website by forwarding your domain name to A Church Near You.
When logged in, you will now also be able to see your analytic information on your church page, showing you how many people have visited your page this week, month and year.
The editor help centre is on hand to guide you through the key features, so if you would like some help, do read the help articles provided in the help centre via the link.
Finally, here is a summary page of key advice and help on the national Church of England website about A Church Near You.
Ronnie Semley, page regularly updated