Anyone with some facility with computer programs can make a customized video for your congregation to invite folks in your community to worship on Ash Wednesday. I partnered with friends around the church to create videos in English and Spanish for Ash Wednesday. Here is the English language version:
To download a high resolution copy of the video, go to Acts8Movement.org and follow the directions. You will also find linked at that page information on how to add your congregation’s name and service times, as well as how a low-cost ad on Facebook can get more attention for your congregation, including directions at Nurya Love Parish’s ChurchWork blog.
Many congregations across our church customized a video we offered at Christmas and found that ads of $20-$50 targeting either users in your area or friends of those who like your congregation’s Facebook page seemed to prove successful. While we can’t prove that the higher attendance at those churches was caused by the ads, we can show many churches with increased attendance at Christmas following creating an ad. An Easter ad is in the works and will be offered in about a month.
Special thanks goes to the Revs. Sierra Wilkinson Reyes, William Willoughby, Charles Todd, and Deacon Sue Gahagan who imposed ashes and to the 19 people who I filmed at St. Matthew’s and St. Paul the Apostle churches in Savannah for this project.
Frank Logue, Canon to the Ordinary