Will this end church as we know it?
The good people at Park Community Church are messing with the very bedrock of the Christian faith: the Sunday leaflet. More to the point, they have engaged in a radical new (revisionist, possibly heretical) programme involving the suppression of weekly notice sheets (“announcements” as the kids like to say).
What’s up with that? Don’t they know that all God-fearing Christians expect to find weekly announcements in their hands every Sunday, without fail, world without end?
Actually, I think this is brilliant. The weekly leaflet as a core part of the faith can’t be more than 150 years old or so. Times have changed, and so must our communication methods. In the parish I serve, we have a weekly email newsletter that seems to generate the most buzz. (We print it out each week for those who are not Internetized.) We have a website, which is the source of many visits from our guests. We still produce a regular print newsletter. And, of course, we produce weekly notices.
Do we still need to do all this? They consume an enormous amount of time and not a small amount of trees. I’m not sure I could embrace the radical agenda of canning the weekly notice sheet, but I wonder if others have moderized their communication methods. Has your parish, gentle reader, done something whacky with communication? Like it? Hate it?