The church was packed the 4th Sunday of Advent.
I mean … packed. People – singers and listeners! – were excited about the Cantata and our numbers reflected that excitement. As I watched people file in before worship started, I had an idea and grabbed my phone from my office. During announcements, I recorded a video of the group saying “MERRY CHRISTMAS!” and then then put together this little video the night before Christmas Eve.
The video itself was actually very easy to make. I used iMovie on my Mac, which has different templates that you just drop your elements into. I recorded the scripture in the sanctuary using the microphone on my iPhone headphones.
The hardest part was recording my message! Poor Bruce. I had him record it with my iPhone. I didn’t like how the shot was framed. I had him do it again. Not enough space on my phone. I deleted some photos. We tried again. I didn’t like how it was framed. I finally decided to pull out my dSLR camera and tripod and have him use the video feature on that. I couldn’t get it to work. I almost cried at the thought of my camera being broken. Eventually Bruce realized I had the setting wrong (did I mention this was the night before Christmas Eve?). We recorded the message in one take.
An hour after I promised Bruce it would only take five minutes.
What didn’t make the cut.
The cool thing is that I was able to upload it directly to our church Facebook page and a ton of people shared it to their pages.
Last time I led a workshop on social media, I had someone ask me how our church has such an active Facebook page. We have about 225 members on our roles, but 357 likes on our page. I think one of the tricks to getting your page and your church out there is just asking people to share things. Most of the time, people don’t even think about sharing something, but are always really happy to do so when you mention it!
Of course I am already planning next year’s video! In addition to not waiting until the night before Christmas Eve to do it 🙂 I want Jordan to play the background music. I found royalty-free music online here, but it would be so much more meaningful if it came from our staff! I also want to hook directly into our sound system if we record a scripture (the sound quality would just be soooo much better!) and possibly have someone else record it so there are more voices! Any other suggestions?
All in all, though, I’m really happy with how it came out. It was a great creative outlet for me at a time when I’m generally stressed and also it was just another (relatively) easy way to put RCC out there and connect with new people. That’s the goal, right? 🙂