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The United Reformed Church has produced a series of free guides with advice for churches and church organisations to help them stay in contact with and support their local community during and after lockdown. 

The guides include advice for post-lockdown recovery plans and help with setting up and running social media accounts and using technology to communicate with the outside world.

You can download all the guides as PDFs here or scroll down the page to get the information online in a more accessible format.

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A free guide to using Zoom securely for churches and church organisations. 

What is Zoom?

Zoom has become the go-to platform of choice for people to connect with one another during the Coronavirus lockdown. It is being used by individuals, families, businesses, universities, schools and the British Cabinet to host meetings and keep in touch.

Zoom reports that the number of accounts has jumped from 10 million in December 2019 to 200 million in March this year.

Read more: Using Zoom securely - guidance for churches

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The information covers things to consider and check before setting up or joining a meeting, using Zoom's features to contribute to a meeting, as well as other useful hints and tips. 

Please note that this is a work in progress – if we have learning points to add, this content will be updated.

Read more: A guide to Zoom etiquette

How to use Facebook in your church

A free guide to help you set up a Facebook group for your church or church organisation. 

What is Facebook?

Facebook is a social networking website where users can share information, post comments, share photographs and links to news or other interesting content on the web, relevant to your church or community, and you can also chat live and watch videos. You can also use it to share acts of worship or host events.

Shared content can be made publicly accessible, or it can be shared only among a select group of friends or family, or with a single person.  

Read more: How to use Facebook for your Church

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A free guide to using Facebook, Youtube and Zoom to record and broadcast acts of worship from your church or church organisation. 

Why record acts of worship? 

There are times such as now during the Coronavirus outbreak when people will be unable to attend church services and all church events are cancelled.

It's during these periods that recording and broadcasting acts of worship is one of the many things a church can do to stay in contact with its congregation and local community.  

Read more: How to use Facebook, Youtube and Zoom to record and broadcast church acts of worship

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A free guide to help you set up a Twitter account for your church or church organisation.

What is Twitter?

Twitter is a globally popular microblogging and social networking service on which users post and interact with messages known as tweets. Tweets can be made up of 280 characters (including spaces), you can also embed photos and images and include links to other online content or videos.

Read more: How to use Twitter for your Church

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