A joyous Eastertide! I’m just beginning to slide into Spring following a terrible bout of pneumonia and bronchitis. It has been a rather scary time and I thank all of you for your prayers and notes of concern. I’m gradually working my way back to full power!
That said, I wanted to give you a few general updates.
If you have requested a visit by a mystery guest, we have been absolutely overwhelmed with requests since Vestry College in February. The GOOD news is we are finally beginning to get the visits caught up and, if you have requested one, a mystery guest has already or will very soon be visiting your parish and getting their report together. And, as usual, if you haven’t had a mystery guest visit and would like one, please contact me anytime. Mystery guests are skilled, trained laity who will anonymously visit your parish (note: WITH your clergy’s approval) and provide your leadership with a written report on their entire experience. The mystery guest experience is great for helping you get some outside perspective on everything from hospitality, to your building and grounds, to the general flow of your Sunday morning experience of worship and education. It can provide an excellent framework for discussion with your vestry, bishop’s committee, or other parish committee or task force.
Parish and Programmatic Web Sites
If you are in the queue for a new web site, the current list of requests for parish sites (either through the mychurchwebsite platform or WordPress) should be ready within the next two weeks. Some additional search optimization work will take a bit longer. And, so will a couple of the programmatic sites in development. If you receive an invoice for parish hosting from mychurchwebsite, ignore it. (They have been told repeatedly that it bills to the diocese but occasionally seem to have new persons handling their billing!) If you would still like to explore the possibility of developing a new site, please contact me anytime.
Are you an Instagram user? Does your parish or program have an Instagram account? The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis Instagram account is back in business following an earlier security breach. Please follow the diocese and share! Thanks!
And, what’s new with you this spring?! Don’t forget to share it with us all via The Gathered Community!