It’s no surprise that Easter is the biggest Sunday of the year for churches. But it may be news that Easter text messages are helping people connect with church. More and more churches are using texting as a way to reach people, especially at Easter.
Here are some examples of Easter text messages that might inspire your church to use texting next Easter:
- St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in the Chicago area used text messages to reach out to Catholics who only show up for major holidays. They invited people at their Ash Wednesday services to sign up to receive text messages throughout Lent, leading up to Easter. They had 700 people sign up for the Easter text messages.
- Beacon Baptist Church in Raleigh, N.C., put together a 21-day Easter action plan to encourage their congregation to invite people to church on Easter. They included a daily reminder about the plan via text.
- Fellowship Church in Northwest Arkansas is offering daily devotional via text message during Holy Week to help their congregation focus on the final week of Jesus’ life.
- In 2013, the Presbyterian Youth Ministry in New Zealand offered “Kiwieaster,” a series of Holy Week text messages from the characters in the Gospel. A Good Friday message came from the thief on the cross: “I’m dying on a cross beside Jesus. I’m guilty, but him… Is it all true? He looks at me, says: ‘Today you’ll be with me in paradise.’”
“Easter is the most important date on the Christian calendar but it can easily be overlooked,” said Gordon Fitch, National Youth Coordinator of Presbyterian Youth Ministry in New Zealand. “The success of Kiwieaster is due to people being able to focus on the Easter story within their busy schedule. The texts take people by surprise.”
Easter text messages can be a powerful way to connect with busy people and help them reconnect with your church for the biggest Sunday of the year.
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