Encourage people to visit your church building by joining in with the Church of England’s #StainedGlassSummer campaign.
Many of our parish churches are full of beauty and history, attracting visitors from near and far. A large number of churches in our Diocese include stunning stained glass windows, often depicting characters and stories from the Bible.
To encourage people to visit your church building this summer, the Church of England is re-running its #StainedGlassSummer campaign inviting churches to share a picture or video of one of their windows, with some text to explain it, on social media.
Here’s what to do to create your post:
- Choose a stained glass window in your church and take the best picture you can.
- Write a short caption telling people a bit about the window, what it depicts or its history.
- Invite people to come and see the window, and let them know when your building is open.
- Include the hashtag #StainedGlassSummer.
- Post your picture and text on social media.
You could also record a short video on a smartphone, tablet or camera. It could include someone explaining why they love the window, or talking through the bullet points above, whilst standing next to the window. The Church of England will be retweeting and reposting contributions from their Instagram, Facebook and Twitter channels throughout July and August.
Children and young people are also encouraged to get involved #StainedGlassSummer. Younger children can have fun completing stained glass colouring pages during Sunday School or you could leave a pile of the colouring pages out for children to do. You could even display them somewhere if you have the space. Older children (or adults) could have a go at drawing/painting one of the stained glass windows in your church.
Read more tips here: Stained Glass Summer: join in on social media | The Church of England
The below video provides a simple tutorial for creating stained glass-inspired crafts: