Despite its ability to reach millions, the Internet cannot serve as a church's sole outreach tool. Small congregations may lack the financial resources, time or expertise to design and maintain websites. The paper flyer can catch the attention of visitors to public places, shoppers, and pedestrians, many of whom may not be thinking about church. With a few items, your church can spread its message with little impact on the budget.
Download or open software that allows you to create and publish flyers. Select “Flyer” from the project menu. You can also use a word processing software, such as Microsoft Word or Word Perfect, especially if you wish to create a flyer from a blank page.
Find a template or guide for faster preparation of your flyer. Review the templates that are preloaded with the program or included in an online collection site. Go to the web or online feature of your software program to search for additional templates. Microsoft features an online collection of flyer templates. Type "church" or "service" to find church-related flyers.
Create your own template or guide if you cannot find a satisfactory one. Go to the "Headline" or, if you use Microsoft Word, "Word Art" feature of your software. Choose a style and type a title, such as "Revival," "Bake Sale" or "Easter Sunrise Service." Click on “Insert" and select “Text Box” to enter information about your church and services or events, and "Graphic," "Object" or "Photo" to insert a graphic or clip art. Search for preloaded graphics or clip art or search online. Click “Open from Disk” on your software program’s equivalent to find photographs you have taken or saved on your computer.
Review your flyer very carefully. Verify that you have correctly entered the information, including the name, date and time of the event, and correctly spelled the names of any participants, especially if you have guest speakers or performers. Ask the guest speakers or performers to give or send you the correct spellings of their names, churches and ministries.
Go to the “File” menu and select “Print.” Click on “Properties” in the print window. Choose color printing if you have a color printer or copier. Otherwise, select black and white or gray scale printing. Print one master copy of your flyer. Copy the flyer with your copier.
Items you will need
Publishing or graphics software
Search for free flyer templates from online sources in addition to your software maker's site. The site for Flyer Design Templates, listed in References, provides a Christmas service flyer template for free download. FreeChurchForms, listed in Resources, offers a free template for New Year's Eve Watch Night Services.
In addition to posting flyers, send your event or church information to local or area newspapers and radio and television stations. Many newspapers and stations list announcements on their websites. Learn and observe the deadlines for submitting announcements.
Avoid sites that offer only free trial templates or graphics, as many of these allow you only a free preview of the template or graphic. You must pay to download, print or otherwise use the template or graphic.
Verify that your program will download the template file that you choose. Look at the file extension, consisting of the letters that follow the period in the file name. Determine what extensions your program recognizes. Microsoft Office's support site, listed in References, provides a list of recognized extensions for its products.
According to the National Geographic Style Manual, use "The Reverend" and the first and last name or "Rev." and the first and last name.
Obtain permission or learn the posting policy before you post a flyer on someone else's property or bulletin board, especially power poles and bus stops.
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