Today is the official launch of Grace OPC’s new website. This is long overdue – our old website served us well but for several reasons we thought the time had come to improve what is for many people their first look at our church. We hired a website design company that specializes in church websites, Five More Talents, and with their invaluable help (they supplied the tech know-how we lacked) we have a presence on the internet that I hope will further the ministry and outreach of the church.
The picture above shows why as a church we need a website. When is the last time you looked up a business or church in the Yellow Pages? We all instinctively go to our computers to find out the information we want. I’d go so far as to say a website is even more important than a physical sign in front of the church building (though thankfully we have that, too!). The internet is just how we get information.
And that is true for finding a church. I often ask visitors how they found out about Grace. Unless they were looking for an OPC or Reformed church, more often than not their reply is, “I found you on the internet.” The picture above also shows why a new website was necessary – everybody uses their phones now for browsing the web. Our new site is fully compatible with phone and tablet screens.
Of course a website is just a tool for communication. My hope and prayer is that the content here will be used of God to be a blessing both to members and friends of Grace, and to others who have never visited the church. As you explore the site, you’ll see that the pictures and information here give a thorough introduction to Grace – who we are, what we believe, and what is our philosophy of worship and ministry. There will also be sermons here for people to download or to listen by streaming. The calendar will keep track of events at Grace. For first-time visitors, there is contact information and a map for finding the church.
And I hope to maintain this blog for the congregation and for interested readers (you can sign up on the right to receive new posts by email, or if you are a little nerdier like I am, you can click on the RSS symbol at the top of the page for the RSS feed to subscribe to the blog). Many of my previous posts are already on this blog. If you haven’t seen them before, you may find some of them helpful and a blessing.
Take a look around and let me know what you think. Is there something you think could improve the website?
I look forward to seeing how God may use this resource to be a blessing and help to our church.
Soli Deo Gloria!