Church enters digital age
PEOPLE are spending an average of 4.7 hours a day on their smartphones.
Consumers spend most of that time using apps. Vineyard Christian Church has taken a step forward in its service of the Stanthorpe and Granite Belt community by introducing its own innovative church app.
"People are using mobile devices for daily activities such as keeping a calendar, banking, getting directions and even reading scripture,” Pastor Jeremy Greening said.
"For many people and particularly the young generation, smartphone apps are now the primary means for communication and accessing content.
"Our church has decided to launch a mobile app to reach and engage with the increasing number of our members and visitors who are using smartphone devices.”
The church launched the new app at their service last Sunday.
"After introducing the app last Sunday, we have seen fantastic buy-in from our congregation who have downloaded the app and are actively interacting with the content.
"Anyone who downloads the app can quickly find information about our church including service times, our location and information about the groups we run including our Kid's Club for grade 3-6 children and Vineyard Youth for our high school aged young people.
"There is also information about our small groups that we run in order to allow people to have various connection points available across the week for ongoing encouragement and support.
"If someone is away or perhaps they are unable to make it to church at all, they can readily access the messages preached on a Sunday from within the app.
"There is also an interactive prayer wall where people can submit various prayer requests and all our app users can commit to pray for the different needs and make comments to encourage the people asking for prayer.
"It really is promoting a digital connection amongst our community that can be accessed from anywhere at any time rather than simply relying on our connection on a Sunday or at a midweek small group. It's the church moving into the 21st century.
App users can receive push notifications reminding them of events and other relevant church news. Ps Greening said his favourite part of the app is the newsfeed. "This is where all the push notifications, prayer requests, updates to the church's Facebook site and videos uploaded to YouTube all appear in the one place for app users to scroll through and check in chronological order.
"Users no longer have to check several places for information - all communication from the church can be obtained from the news feed within the app. Members can even give from anywhere at any time using the app making giving financially to the church easier than ever,” Ps Greening said.
The app is free to download and works on both android and iOS phone and tablet devices.
If you open a browser on your phone and type in bit.ly/vccapp you will be taken directly to your app store to download the Vineyard Christian Church App.