The Communications lead for the Session is supported by an editorial team of volunteer members of the church which produces Carronside Church's magazine, connecTions, Each month they assemble the content including the Pastoral Letter from our Minister, news from each organisation's contributors, selected special feature articles and competitions. The group meet on the Sunday prior to the end of the month to compile the magazine for printing then distribution on the last Sunday of the month except in summer when there is a combined copy for June, July and August also at Christmas when there is a December/January copy. It is distributed by hand to every household in the Congregation.
The team members also take it in turns to write the “This Week's News” column for the Mearns Leader each week which broadcasts a summary of the sermon and events of each Sunday's worship.
The team provides facilities and skills to produce posters, hand-outs, flyers and tickets for events if asked to do so and we produce special event publications.
Another responsibility is production of the rota of member's duties for Sunday services which is seen as a first point of contact with worshipers.
We are responsible for the Church website which presents public information to locals and visitors alike and where the latest editions of connecTions magazine and the “This Week’s News” column from the Leader can be found. The most recent website enhancements are the addition of a “Diary of Future Events” and “Worship Venues” which are intended to bring wider awareness of Carronside Church's activities and attract higher attendances. In the same vein the “Church Bus Route” detail has been improved with direct access.
Communication is important. It is essential that our publications are presented in as clear and informative a way as possible to ensure that people know what's going on.
Communications Team Priorities
- Continue to develop connecTions as a high-quality magazine for Carronside Church
- Provide advice and publicity for events' organisers
- Develop expertise in publicity and communications in organisations and active individuals in the Church
- Develop the use of the Church website