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Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia
11827 Canon Blvd., Suite 101
Newport News, VA 23606-3071
757-423-8287 Main
800-582-8292 Toll Free
757-595-0783 Fax

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The diocesan offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Communications Resources
Communications resources for congregations: websites, social media, bulletin inserts

 

How to get your congregation connected to the diocesan communications network.

 

Diocesan Media

Click here for current diocesan News & Publications

Diocesan eNews
The eNews is an electronic newsletter distributed on Wednesday each week that highlights diocesan news and events. Anyone may sign up to receive the Diocesan eNews by going to our website. Church communicators are encouraged to use the eNews as a source of content for their own newsletters and bulletins. Diocesan organizations, committees and groups that wish to submit items for the Diocesan eNews should send them to communications officer Ann Turner, aturner@diosova.org, 757-213-3388.

News from the Churches of Southern Virginia
An electronic newsletter distributed on Tuesday each week that highlights news and events from churches in our diocese. This email is a good way to invite members of other churches to attend your events and to share ideas and best practices. Anyone may sign up to receive the Parish News & Events by going to our website. We encourage you to send your news and stories to communications officer Ann Turner, aturner@diosova.org, 757-213-3388.

The Diocesan Connection
The Diocesan Connection is a quarterly print-ready newsletter that is distributed electronically. To help reach those who can't or won't subscribe to our weekly email news, we are providing the Diocesan Connection - a print-ready newsletter that churches can provide to their members, either by email or by distributing printed copies. Individuals may register to receive the Diocesan Connection directly in their email by going to our website and registering for email news. (If you are already on our email list, you will be prompted to update your profile. Simply check the box for Diocesan Connection.) You can also download the Diocesan Connection from the News & Publications page of our website.

The Diocesan Connection welcomes submissions. If you have a story idea, please contact communications officer Ann Turner as early as possible to discuss it. Any photos must be submitted digitally. Be sure to include the name of the photographer and the names of any people pictured. A signed photo release is required for any minors pictured. (A sample photo release is included in the Church Communicators Manual) The newsletter is distributed four times a year:

  • March 15 (deadline for submissions is Mar. 1)
  • June 15 (deadline for submissions is Jun. 1)
  • September 15 (deadline for submissions is Sep. 1)
  • December 15 (deadline for submissions is Dec. 1)

Facebook
Facebook is a social network on which the diocese maintains a page, www.facebook.com/diosova. You can like our page and receive updates, photos, and useful articles in their news feed. We encourage comments and conversation so that you can get to know other members of our diocese. Users are also encouraged to share our posts on their own Facebook page or that of their church. We also have a Diosova Communicators group page. This is a useful place to network with other church communicators, share ideas and best practices and ask questions.

Twitter
Twitter is a social network on which the diocese posts updates and news. Twitter users can follow us - @DioSoVa.

YouTube Channel
The diocesan YouTube channel is where you can find video from our diocese and the national church, including video messages from our Bishop. You can find us at www.youtube.com/user/TheDioSoVa.
 

 

Communications help and training

Small group and one-on-one communications consultation and training, including Facebook, Constant Contact, Blogger and other social media, is available to the churches of Southern Virginia at no charge. Communications Officer Ann Turner will travel to your church to meet with your communications volunteers or staff. She can also meet with you via Skype or Google+ Hangout. If you have questions, please contact Ann and she will help you find solutions.  aturner@diosova.org or 757-213-3388.

 

Communications Grants

Communications Grants from the Diocese of Southern Virginia provide congregations within the diocese with funding for development of digital communications. Grant funds are intended to assist churches that do not currently make use of digital communications methods to create and implement a new digital communication program. Funds may also be used to assist churches with an existing digital communication program that have discovered needs within their congregation or community that can be addressed with a new digital communication initiative. Click here for more info and application form.

 
 

Communications Resources

Church Communicators Manual (2017)

Episcopal Church Style Guide (web page)

Toolkit from the Episcopal Church Public Affairs Office


Diosova Communicators Facebook Group

DioSoVa Communicators is a Facebook Group in which members can share resources and ideas, ask questions and support each other in their communications ministry. The group setting is "closed" so that participants may feel free to share more openly. If you have questions about the group contact Ann Turner, aturner@diosova.org or 757-213-3388.


Social Media Practices & Guidelines

Social Media: Safe Church (prepared by the youth coordinators of Province III)

Diocesan Suggested Practices & Guidelines for Social Media

Facebook posting & commenting guidelines

Blog commenting guidelines

Twitter best practices

 

Bulletin Inserts

Bulletin inserts from The Episcopal Church

 

Website Services

ACS Extend Platform (website service used by several churches in our diocese. Contact Ann Turner, aturner@diosova.org, if you would like a hands-on demonstration of how it works.)

FaithConnector, a content management system especially for churches.

Ministry Designs, a full service church website design, payment processing, email, and content management system all-in-one.

Ekklesia 360 (website services available through The Episcopal Church)

Blogger is a simple, free website option for parishes with extremely limited technical/financial resources. Contact Ann Turner, aturner@diosova.org or 757-213-3388, if you would like assistance with creating a customized Blogger site for your parish.

 

Help visitors find you - The Episcopal Church's "Find a Church" website

Did you know that every Episcopal Church has its own page in the "Find A Church" portion of our national church's website? Each church can name a Web Editor for their page - someone who can directly update and maintain the page without having to submit a request to the national church staff. How do you do that? Just find your church's page and then click the link for "Become a web editor." Your request will be submitted and, once approved, you'll receive the very simple log-in instructions so that you can keep your page up-to-date. (Note - if you do not see a "Become a web editor" link on your page, that's because your church already has one!) If you need assistance, contact our diocesan Communications Officer Ann Turner, aturner@diosova.org or 757-213-3388.

 

Diocesan Seal & Episcopal Church graphics, signs

Diocesan seal, full color:  Large, Medium, Small

Diocesan seal, black & white:  Large, Medium, Small

 

Click here for downloadable graphics of The Episcopal Church shield and logos.

Click here to purchase a “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You” sign.
 

 

 

 

Last Published: May 19, 2017 8:56 AM