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Eight apps that can help your church

Posted on: August 5, 2016 9:17 AM
Photo Credit: Church of England
Related Categories: Global, technology

If you’ve got a smartphone, you’ve probably downloaded a few apps, either games to waste some time or something a little more productive! There are apps for everything now, including a few that might be of use to your church.

To save yourself sifting through the hundreds of thousands of apps on the market, Tallie Proud, the Digital Media Officer for the Church of England’s Archbishops’ Council, has selected a few which will help your church be creative, work together and save you time. All of them work on both Apple and Android phones and are free to use.


Be Productive:

 

Slack

Slack is a fantastic tool for coordinating and collaborating as part of a team. The app (and the corresponding website) lets you have conversations on multiple topics with a particular group of people. For instance, as a church team you could have a conversation about planning for Christmas or ongoing building works. By having it all in one place, all those that need to know, can be in the know, ideas can be suggested to the group, links to resources can be shared and plans can be agreed (saving your inbox from email overload!) You can also send files to each other and more.

Download it here:
Android / Apple

 

If This Then That

If This Then That does what it says on the tin. Create connections between apps and software on your phone so when ‘this’ happens ‘that’ happens. The reactions you create are called recipes. You can set up multiple recipes which do different things such as one that will email yourself any photos you take on your phone (which will save you from having to download them onto your computer) or one that will tweet your Instagram pictures. Visit the website too to see all the many recipes and possibilities it offers.

Download it here:
Android / Apple

 

Facebook Pages Manager

Facebook’s standalone app for Facebook Pages lets you administer your Church’s page on the go. You can check the analytics, respond to messages, post content or start broadcasting to your page live. Perfect for sharing church services or other events from your smartphone – no complicated setup needed. The app means you can take photos in church and upload them straight to your page, which can save you time

Download it here:
Android / Apple

 

Feedly

Feedly pulls in content from news sites, blogs, YouTube channels and more into one place. You can find what news or information is of interest or use to your church without having to go search it out each time. Add in news feeds from your diocese, the local newspaper and The CofE’s news feeds to be up to date with all you need to know! You can then share the content on social media or use the stories to inspire your parish magazine. There’s a website version too.

Download it here:
Android / Apple

Be Creative:

 

Prisma

Prisma is a new app on the market which turns regular photos into works of art using clever and unique filters. They don’t just turn your photos into vintage colours, The filters, inspired by art styles, can easily be added to your photos to then share via social media. Explore Prisma to see all the different filters it offers, and see how you can use it to make your images stand out.

Download it here:
Android / Apple

 

Gif Me! Camera

Gif Me! Camera makes animated gifs out of your photos. All you need to do is take multiple photos (of something in motion or multiple photos from an event/activity). Inside the app, select the photos you want to include and then the app will do the rest. You can add colourful filters over the top, choose the speed and other options and then share direct to social media. Make photographic stop motion animations, create mini action moments and more - the possibilities are endless.

Download it here:
Android / Apple

 

Phonto-Text on Photos

If you just want to add some nice text to a photo to post on social media and you’re not near a computer, Phonto does just that. Simply and Quickly choose a font, colour, size and more, meaning there are enough options without it being complicated to use.

Download it here:
Android / Apple

 

Lapse It

Time lapse or stop motion video can add an extra dimension to films. With this app, you can set up your phone to capture a photo every two seconds or more to capture an hour of activity and have it turn into 30 seconds of video. Lapse it can easily do this for you with simple settings that will turn you into a professional filmmaker in minutes. Share videos of your church as the light and weather changes behind it or what a Sunday morning looks sped up.

Download it here:
Android / Apple