New Worship Bulletin
For the 3:16 campaign we’re using a new style of bulletin: an 8.5×14 sheet that includes a tear-off for registering attendance and prayer concerns. So far I’ve heard positive comments, especially in regard to prayer concerns. Once in a while folks will bring up prayer concerns vocally during worship; with the written concerns turned in to me, the volume has gone up! One thing that I appreciate about the “prayer concerns” tearoff is that people can indicate that they want the concern prayed for silently. I take it that these are concerns that are somewhat sensitive, and appreciate very much that folks still communicate them to me. In response, I’m making every effort to respond to these “silent concerns” personally within a few days after Sunday. I want people to know that though their concerns are not mentioned on Sunday morning, they do not go un-prayed for. One other positive aspect about these tearoffs is that we can identify first time visitors for special attention later.
I don’t know that we’re going to keep this format, however. It’s meant a reduction in the amount of information poured into our bulletin. We trying to make the bulletin as “visitor friendly” as possible, which has meant leaving out a lot of “insider information”.
So here are the questions I’m considering about the bulletin itself, and would appreciate any feedback, positive or negative, that you’d care to give:
- What do visitors, or folks who are new at St. Paul’s want to see in a bulletin?
- Is there other information we could ask for on a tearoff – information that a visitor would be willing to give?
- How much do people hate inserts in the bulletin?
- Does having artwork on the bulletin add anything worthwhile?
- Would having the sermon scripture printed on the bulletin be worthwhile? Even if it had to be printed on an insert?
- If tearoff bulletins cost more (say $20 per week) would that be worthwhile?