I was glad to read your blog and know a little about you. I prefer to meet people in person and think maybe I met you a few weeks ago. I actually visited again after attending a few times quite a while ago. I bought the Amy Ogden book and planned to attend after speaking to the pastors 2 weeks ago and I guess I thought I might hear from someone and did not. I have made a few attempts to connect, but just has not happened.
I really like what Fairlington has to offer and would like to attend somewhere where I can get more connected.
Hi Ingrid!! Working on getting the youth and youth parents moved over to the website as our main form of communicating information. I got the groups all set up but have a question -- it looks like parents (or any members) need to be my friends before I can specifically send them an invitation to join the group. Is that right? Just checking and making sure that I'm not missing anything -- it's not a problem since they should all accept my friend requests anyway!!! =)
Welcome to your new online community in its Prototype version.
There are several ways to move around this site: the Navigation Bar up at the top just under the church name, the Main Page and links from there to current activity, and once you have created activity of your own then here on this page on the left side under your photo area is your log from which you can return to places you have been.
As a community, we are gathering to talk about this experience in the Forums, in several categories of general discussions, and areas of interest to the four volunteer teams.
The collective experience is still in its beginning phase, with more formally organized evaluation work to follow, with a written report and recommendations for implementation to the wider church community.
Just opened a "Welcome Cafe" in the Groups area -- have not moved in the furniture yet and you need to bring your own coffee -- for a friendly place to start being here in community. As it is created, we can be thinking too towards the day that space would be public to the Internet, and bring some fellowship to the online introductions that invite and engage strangers to come to church in person and former members to reconnect.
Here is the link to jump to it, and join the group. Note that only church site members can join to interact in a Group, but the public can read and see what is there -- like the video lounge.
I realized that the "social" part of this is slow to get going, and that everyone has a different "social" style. So I started a "Welcome Cafe" group as exactly that -- a social place for people to go to be welcomed and see who else shows up and welcome them in turn. I'd like to keep it going as new people are invited in. "Hi -- my name is ... and I am here to ..." Join me? http://fairlingtonumc.ning.com/group/cafe
Thanks Jill -- I need to play around with the settings a bit and check that out. I think it will be a great asset to be able to choose how public things are. It will also make a big difference (specifically for the youth, youth parents, and youth supporters) to be able to have people who are not members read a blog -- not comment or add material, but be able to read it. Could be great for outreach.
I'm Jill. I am a friend of your new project here and working with Ingrid. There can be many answers to your question and the Prototype website is a little more private than "later". So let me turn this around: what do you want to be able to do; what do you not want to happen?
And have you see the "Settings" link just under your Sign Out link at the top right hand of the page? If it is a personal blog item, you have controls to say how public something will be to people visiting this site, and if the URL will appear on an Internet search engine. No one who is not a member can comment or add material to your blog, but depending on the settings you choose they will or will not be able to see it.
Hi Ingrid -- if I post a blog and then copy and paste the link elsewhere (on my facebook, in an email, etc), can people who are not members of this site then click on it and read it? For example, if I were to use my blog to post about youth matters, could I then allow the youth (and others who may be interested) to access the blog through the link, or would they need to become members of this site in order to read things posted here?
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