St Mary Magdalene Clitheroe is my local church, where I run a youth group and volunteer in various other ways. Their old website was set up by a volunteer many years ago, who had since moved away. Saint Marys is a busy parish church and so a large website was needed.
First I created a new logo, using a stained glass window of Mary Magdalene from inside the church combined with a sensitively chosen font.
The site expresses the personality of this church: it’s a parish church, on the hill of a historic market town that is popular with tourists, so the site is smart and dignified. However, it’s also very much a family church with lots of activities and groups, so the website is also warm and welcoming.
Social Media Integration
There is extensive social media integration to minimise the workload for the already stretched team. This integration includes:
- Content going “out” to social media automatically from the blog
- Content coming “in” automatically from facebook, including events and images
- Like and share buttons on every blog post and page
There is always plenty of content going out to social media too, because the website has six people who can securely contribute content to the website.
The system I set up allows church members and PCC members to contribute news articles without having access to edit everything on the website. Some have the ability to publish straight away and some can submit their articles for review.
The site also has a donations function integrated into it, allowing people to make donations to the church via paypal from mobile or desktop computer.