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Have you considered taking Sunday schools into your own backyard? If not, then probably you need some convincing factors to do it. Holding Sunday schools in your backyard is such a great idea. If you have enough space in the backyard, you can utilize it for someone good, useful and beneficial to your family and even to your entire neighbourhood.

The Backyard Site for instance gives some insights about how you are able to use your own backyard for tons of activities. And holding Sunday schools is one of them. Here are some of the reasons why taking it into your backyard is such a great idea.

 

Backyard Sunday school

You should know that having a Sunday school session at home in the backyard gives you a different feeling of satisfaction and blessedness. It will give your entire family the opportunity to learn the word of God.  You are able to let your entire family, even the kids to join. After all, they don’t have any reason not to because it’s just a few steps away from the house.

The other reason why it is good to have it in your backyard is you will have the best opportunity to invite your neighbours to attend. It wouldn’t be hard for you to let them to come because they don’t need to travel far. If indeed they won’t say yes, you can always let your speakers talk aloud, that way the people around would still have the opportunity to hear.

You know that you have the responsibility to tell other people about the word of God. And having the Sunday school sessions at your home gives you the best chance to reach out the people around you. There’s a great feeling satisfaction on your part because you know, in one way or another, you are able to let them hear about it.

Using the Backyard

If you have plenty of space in the backyard, you can always do something good out of it. Whether it’s a Sunday school for kids or adults, it should be worth it. After Sunday school, you can prepare some simple snacks or let the kids play some games for fun. Let your backyard open for the work of God and you’ll see how it makes a difference in your life.

When setting up your backyard, you don’t really have to stress yourself out. You can even ask the help of some of your church members to help you out. They are definitely more than willing to help. Just make sure that area is clear and safe for everyone. Check out some possible things that might hurt or make someone stumble.

So if you haven’t volunteered yet to take Sunday schools into your backyard, the best time is now. It is amazing to know that you are willing to offer your place for God’s work. Reach out to your church officials and schedule your next Sunday school session in your backyard. Trust me, it’s a good deed that will give you the best feeling in the world.

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Marriage is still a Christian holy sacrament. A promise that is made to God that you are going to love this person unconditionally for the rest of your days. That you will cherish and honor them as your spouse and forsake any others. This seems to be a hard concept for the world to understand and respect, as the number of divorces clearly shows.

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One of the reasons for this I believe is the straying from the traditional Christian wedding service. Without the presence of God at the beginning of your life together, what kind of hope do you have? A Christian wedding service serves as a strong base for a marriage to weather any storm.

What Constitutes a Christian Wedding Ceremony?

There is no outline in the Bible that tells us the right way to get married, yet over the years we have adopted traditions as Christians that better exemplify our faith. At the heart is a ceremony that should express worship of God as well as a sense of community, respect, dignity and of course love. A wedding ceremony should be used as testimony to the sanctity of your union and demonstrate your strength as a Christian couple.

While certain elements may be altered, there are some that I insist on in order for me to feel good about calling it a Christian union:

  • The bride should be white. This is a symbol of her purity of mind, heart and body and an important tradition to follow.
  • Seating of any parents and grandparents is also a part of the ceremony. This displays a respect for those who have helped bring the bride and groom to this day.
  • The bride must be given away. This seems old fashioned to some, but for me the groom must understand that this woman is a gift that must be treasure.
  • Lighting of the Unity candle is more important then the exchange of rings. The first act of working together as a married couple helps to build their strength.
  • A traditional wedding mass is one where there are biblical readings, a sermon and song just like Sunday mass.

Eliminating Distractions

On this day, all eyes should be on the bride and groom, who should only be interested in one another. Big party plans and worries about details often distract the couple from their own wedding. I always suggest that the extra planning be done with consummate professionals who will allow the couple and guests to enjoy the day seamlessly. Wedding pictures should be shot by a Calgary wedding photographer who has a solid reputation for being self sufficient. Too many

The same is true for any catering and entertainment that is planned for the reception. All of the details should be carefully gone over the day before the wedding, in order for the bride and groom to be able to just sit back and enjoy the day of.

When you focus on the meaning of the day, and the responsibility you have undertaken, the vows you exchange will have a more significant meaning. Make the wedding the …

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Church SignageDoes the promise of heaven make the church full? Well, not exactly. Just like any other businesses around the country, there are some churches that have not only maintained the number of their followers but also increased it as well.  For these religious institutions, they follow a specific marketing plan. They are able to…

Give the right message…

to the right people…

at the right time…

These three factors are essential in forming marketing strategies. Giving the right message in front of audiences when they are motivated to hear it will make it possible to connect with new followers.

Connecting with New Followers

Like any other marketing strategies, these institutions know what their target audiences want. So, what do people want from their church? “Belongingness” – people want to be part of something larger than themselves, something that make them feel involve and important, much more to be loved and valued. Consider all these and follow the marketing strategies below, in no time there will be more connection with new followers.

Religious Marketing Strategies

  1. Talking to People is the primary way when it comes to human connection. It is important for church and ministries to “walk the talk” or practice what they preach. Being able to connect with people, like engaging in community activities can show potential followers how reputable a church or a ministry is. This is a great and effective marketing strategy.

 

  1. Make religious institutions known to the public by distributing flyers, brochures, leaflets and business cards. Print advertising is one of the most effective marketing strategies to make people know that such a religious institutions exist. In addition to this, posting ads on establishments, cars or clothing is also a great way to attract new followers. This instigates people curiosity and interests. Having great church signage is also important so potential followers can easily identify where your institution is located.

 

  1. There are wide and expanding marketing resources and tools available today. Take advantage of advancement in technologies. Religious institutions marketing strategies use a diverse mix of different media platform. Besides the use of television, radio and print ads, the internet particularly the social media platforms are a great way to connect with new followers.

    Millions if not billions uses the internet 24 hours a day. It’s just a matter of finding the right campaign to convey the right message to the right audience.

 

Creating a website is also a powerful marketing strategy but remember to formulate relevant campaigns that will uplift audiences. Have an effective navigation system and furnish service schedule and location.  Post sample sermons and secular activities, this will show people a taste of what the religious institution has to offer.

Final Thought

The human connection is positive, uplifting and inspiring; this is what a religious institution should focus more on when it comes to marketing plan. Engaging people whose time are very limited is not that easy. Besides a good marketing strategies, these churches and ministries should provide old and …

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St. Peter’s Basilica

Churches are known to be a holy place for Christians as this symbolized the house of God. This is the place where Christians gather for religious purposes. As Christianity grew, more and more churches are built, from a simple cathedral to breathtaking churches that will captivate even the non-religious. If you plan to tour the world for the best churches or just here to know the most famous churches in the world, then this list will surely captivate you to your soul.

Let’s dive in!

1. St. Peter’s Basilica

Constructed between 1506 and 1615, the church’s dome was designed by Michael Angelo in 1547. The famous church can be found in Rome, Italy with its dome rises up to a total height of 448 feet. It is the tallest dome in the world.

2. Las Lajas Cathedral

Las Lajas Sanctuary is a minor basilica church found in the southern Colombian Department of Nariño, district of Ipiales and manufactured inside the ravine of the Guáitara River. The present church was implicit Gothic Revival style in 1949. The name Laja hails from the name of a sort of even sedimentary rock like shale.

3. St. Basil’s Cathedral

The Cathedral of the Protection of Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat prevalently known as Saint Basil’s Cathedral is a Russian Orthodox Church raised on the Red Square in Moscow in 1555–61. Based on the request of Ivan the Terrible to remember the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan, it denotes the geometric focus of the city and the center point of its development since the fourteenth century.

4. Westminster Abbey

One of the symbols of London is the Westminster Abbey. An expansive Gothic church spotted simply to the west of the Palace of Westminster. It is a standout amongst the most outstanding religious structures in the United Kingdom.

5. Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia is a previous Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, and now a historical center in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its devotion in 360 until 1453, it served as the Greek Patriarchal church building of Constantinople, with the exception of between 1204 and 1261, when it was changed over to a Roman Catholic house of God under the Latin Patriarch of Constantinople of the Western Crusader made Latin Empire. It was opened as a historical center on 1 February 1935.

6. Notre Dame

Notre Dame de otherwise called Notre Dame Cathedral or just Notre Dame, is a Gothic, Roman Catholic Church on the eastern half portion of the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France. It is the house of God of the Catholic Archdiocese of Paris: that is, it is the congregation that holds the cathedra (authority seat) of the Archbishop of Paris, at present André Vingt-Trois.

7. The Church of Hallgrímur

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