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September 23, 2020
A good website is the digital front door to your church.
Most people will likely visit your site before they ever consider stepping foot into your physical building. This is why it’s so important for your online presence to create a good impression and make people feel welcome.
But creating a good website isn’t always easy.
It’s not something every church is properly equipped to do.
And unless they find the right solution, they’re likely turning away potential guests.
That’s one of the reasons we launched Tithe.ly Sites.
We wanted to provide easy-to-use custom web templates for churches everywhere.
That includes more than 70 churches and ministries within the Anglican Church of Canada and partnerships with six Anglican dioceses.
Here are just a few of the best examples of these Anglican Church websites and how they’re being used to impact local communities.
Christ Church has been in existence since 1856 when Victoria was still a fort settlement on the Canadian frontier. Despite this storied history, this ‘cathedral for the city’ has a fully modern website in order to communicate with a modern audience.
The site’s home page includes a looping background video that displays shots of the beautiful cathedral, stained glass windows, and worship services.
There’s even an easy way for visitors to subscribe to email updates on the home page.
A Diocese is different from a single community church—instead, it’s a collection of local churches. In this case, the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton is the hub for more than 50 different parishes across the western Canadian province of Alberta.
Because of this difference, their website has to serve different needs from that of a local church. Instead of worship times and volunteer information, the Diocese website displays information for finding local parishes, ministry partners, and information for church clergy.
In this way, the Diocese is not just helping members, but also staff members of individual churches. That means that clear communication on the site is critical.
And the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton does a great job of helping both these groups.
Located in the rural Metchosin countryside outside of Victoria, St. Marys’ is a parish that’s over 140 years old. The main church building is situated next to one of the region’s most popular parks, and this idyllic setting is on full display in their website home page’s main photo.
St. Marys’ has done a particularly good job of leveraging the sermon feature of their website. They’re able to share out audio versions of their weekly sermon and organize these messages by speaker, series, and date.
Overall, the website is simple, clean, and nicely matches the church’s branding.
On their website, St. Martin’s Anglican Church leverages the home page slider space in a unique way. While most churches simply have rotating images or banners on their home page, St. Martin’s has left space for dedicated information about worship, location, and their staff page.
This helps to quickly and clearly communicate some of the main priorities right away.
Two of the main pieces of information a new guest is interested in are the worship times and where the church is located. St. Martin’s recognized this and provided these details upfront.
Keeping a website updated with new content is an important way to keep people coming back and discovering relevant information when they do.
Victoria, British Columbia
Similar to the Diocese in Edmonton, the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia represents a collection of more than 50 parishes and 13,000 members spread across the western-most Canadian province.
Like many churches in the region, the Diocese has a long history, dating back to 1859.
They help these local faith communities by providing a number of online resources and several diocesan ministries. The British Columbia Diocese also takes online giving, which is powered by Tithely’s platform.
All of these services go back to supporting local parishes.
Their website describes the church as “a place of hospitality, refuge and hope” and “We are the heart of Nanaimo.” Their goal is to serve the community of Nanaimo—a ferry port across the water from Vancouver—and their website is a tool for doing so.
One method of serving the community comes in the form of their facilities, which can be seen and rented out from their website. There’s also a listing of their many local ministries, which includes contemplative prayer, the church gardens, and community outreach.
Another useful feature on all pages of the website is the Contact + Map button in the top menu bar. Clicking this actually opens a drawer with contact and location information to the church. This makes it easy to access this important information without having it cluttering the page.
One of the strengths of St. John the Evangelist’s website is a collection of stories from real members of the church and the community. It’s easy to share worship times and church location (which you should still do!), but it’s another to delve into personal storytelling.
St. John’s website takes time to feature information about Anglicanism and the denomination’s contemplative tradition. There are also more details on their local Diocese and bishop. All of this shows a rich connection to their church’s heritage and the larger body of Christ.
A final detail to notice on their page is a specific area dedicated to newcomers or first-time guests. This is a best practice for all churches as a way of digital hospitality. Make it easy for people to learn basic information about who you are and what they can expect if they visit.
What are some of the best features of your own church’s website?
Where are some areas that it needs some improvement?
Every church should prioritize their site as part of ministry outreach.
If you liked what you saw in these Anglican church website examples, Tithely Sites is a great option to creating a similar site in minutes.
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