Using the New Church App

We're so excited about our new church app. If you haven't realized how excited I am by how much I've talked about it, I'm EXCITED!!

The reason I’m excited, is the app will make it easier for us to stay connected. In the past two years, we have received more phone calls than we can count about people not receiving information we have emailed out. Why? Our emails are lost in people's junk folders.

With the church app, all the information you need is right there. You can read blogs and ministry celebrations in the story section, see upcoming events, watch Livestream, check into service, submit prayer requests, listen to a sermon you missed, and so much more.

Tips for using the app:

  • Menu: The ≡ symbol in the top right is your menu button. It's how you can access your settings, Inbox, search for a specific sermon, and return to the main screen. Clicking ShalimarUMC takes you back home.
  • Push Notifications: Go ahead and enable the push notifications and location. This will allow us to send you updates when things are added. You can customize your notifications to get subgroups. Click the Inbox to see your notifications again. Check out this video to learn more.
  • Watch: You can watch all of our Livestreams right from the app. Everything you need for service is right there. Click the service you want to watch or Sunday School. You'll see who is preaching, the scripture, and who is leading the music. The video will play automatically. Double-tap it to make it full screen. The chat window is open all the time. Click join to say good morning to the others online. The worship attendance form is at the bottom. Click the < symbol in the top left to return to the main screen.
  • Attendance: If you're sitting in worship, you can record your attendance by clicking the attendance block. There's a prayer option at the end, so you can add prayer requests. Click the < symbol in the top left to return to the main screen.
  • Events: Our events are groups into categories to help you find the ones you're looking for. Select the category, then the event for more information. You'll find all the information you need, including the leader's contact info, Zoom link, and Room number. You can click the + in the top right (inside the calendar icon) to add the event to your calendar. Click ↑ inside the box to send the event to someone else. Click the < symbol in the top left to return to the main screen.
  • Stories: Here is where you'll find blogs like this one, Dr. Philip's articles, and ministry celebrations. These are updated weekly. Tap a blog to read more. Click the < symbol in the top left to return to the main screen.
  • Sermons: By Monday morning, the sermons are uploaded for you to watch or listen to. They are grouped by series. Click a series to see the messages that have been uploaded. They are ordered with the newest on top. To watch, click the ▶️. To listen only, click 🎧. You can also take notes while you listen and will be stored in the app.

As always, if there's any way I can help you, please let me know.
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