Throughout Lent and Holy Week, one million people will visit A Church Near You.
Many of these visitors will be looking for a service or event to attend during this season.
Will they be able to find yours?
It is important to note that, by default, the incumbent is automatically the administrator (and an editor) of your church's page(s).
As the administrator, the incumbent can then grant editor access to up to five other people.
If your church is in vacancy or if the incumbent does not have access for some reason, you can follow the procedures below.
If you want to become an editor of your A Church Near You Page, you must have an account.
First, go to achurchnearyou.com and find your church by entering the postcode or town in the search box.
As you type, look for the suggestions offered to you under the search box and use the most appropriate, then click the orange arrow - it's more accurate!
We'll use St Alkmund's Duffield as an example:
Next, choose your church from the list on the left...
This will take you to an overview page for the church. Once you get to that, click 'Visit Page' on the left. This will take you to the next level for that church.
Once you're on the church's main page, again look at the left-hand side and, at the bottom, click 'Edit this church'.
If you don't have an account, this page will allow you to register - it's a simple process.
An email will be sent to you containing a link which you'll need to click to prove you own the email address.
Once you've verified your email address by clicking the link which will have arrived in your inbox, head back to www.achurchnearyou.com and make sure you're logged in to your new account.
Search for the same church again then select “Edit this church” from the list of tabs on the left-hand side.
This time, instead of the form you had to fill in before, there are three scenarios:
1 - If you're the vicar who leads the church
If you are the vicar who leads a church, your application to edit that church on AChurchNearYou is automatically approved so long as:
1) You have listed an email address on your Crockford’s entry and you have not requested to have your contact details restricted
2)The email address you've used for your AChurchNearYou account matches the email address on your Crockford's entry.
3) You are included on the Crockford's entry for the church(es) you're requesting to edit (if you don't have a Crockford's subscription you can check if you're listed on a church's entry by going to the church's AChurchNearYou page and clicking More Information, if you're listed under the Crockford's Contact Details section you're listed on the entry)
If you are the vicar who leads the church, and you meet the criteria above, then your request to edit the church will be automatically approved and you will also be automatically assigned administrator status for the church.
An editor with administrator status can approve or decline requests from other people to edit that church, and can remove existing editors from that church.
Only the vicar who leads the church can be the administrator.
If you need to update either your contact details on AChurchNearYou or your Crockford's entry please follow the instructions at: https://achurchnearyou.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002336113
Please note: You do not need a Crockford's subscription to find out what is listed on your own entry or to update your own entry. You can update your Crockford's entry at any time.
2 - If you are not the vicar who leads the church:
If you're not the vicar who leads this church, then you'll see a box into which you'll need to enter a short message to your vicar and a button which you'll need to click which says REQUEST ACCESS.
Unless your church is in vacancy, the vicar who leads your church needs to approve your application.
If the vicar doesn't have an account they’ll need to create one, and request to edit their church as described in the steps above.
Once they're able to edit the church they'll be able to click Manage Editors and then click Pending Requests. From there they can approve your request, even if they haven’t received an approval request email for you to edit the church.
This article explains how the vicar who leads a church can approve requests to edit their church: https://achurchnearyou.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360003569093
3 - If your church is in vacancy
If your church is in vacancy, you’ll need to ask for manual verification; once you have created an account on AChurchNearYou.com and have requested to edit a church make sure you’re logged in and click the purple Help button on the right hand side of any page of AChurchNearYou, or the 'Submit a request' button at the top of the Help Centre...
Say that you're requesting manual verification because your church is in vacancy.
In your message please include the following:
- The reason you're requesting Manual Approval (eg you're an interim minster covering a group of churches. Please provide as much information as possible so that the support team can understand the situation fully and provide approval as quickly as possible)
- Your role within the church (office administrator, curate, PCC member, etc)
- Your email address (the one with which you registered for your AChurchNearYou account)
- Your permission to disclose your name, contact details, and request to your Area/Rural Dean, Archdeacon, and/or Diocesan staff in order to gain approval.
- The AChurchNearYou ID of the church(es) you have requested to edit and for which you require Manual Approval.
You'll find this ID by going to the AChurchNearYou church page in question and looking in the browser address bar where you'll see: https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/ followed some numbers, please provide us with those numbers.
For instance, the URL for St Alkmund's in Duffield is: https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/13370/ so their AChurchNearYou ID is 13370.
Forgotten password or unable to log in?
If you are unable to login to AChurchNearYou please visit: https://www.achurchnearyou.com/accounts/login and click FORGOT PASSWORD? and follow the process from there.
A message on screen will say that a password reset email is on its way. However, for security reasons, this message will display whether or not an account exists for that email address.
If you do not receive a password reset email: please try other email addresses you use just to make sure you're using the correct email address.
If you continue not to receive a password reset email it's most likely you do not have an account. We therefore recommend that you register for a new account, and request to edit your churches.
USERNAMES/CODES/DORMANT ACCOUNT DELETION:
The AChurchNearYou login method and procedure was updated, from usernames/codes to email addresses, in November 2017. At the same time, accounts which had not been used for 12 months prior were removed.
A Church Near You is a fantastic resource provided by the Church Of England.
It lists every church in the Diocese of Derby and should be one of your first ports of call when getting information about your church and its activities out to a wider audience.
If you're not already using A Church Near You, you should be!
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If you would like more tips on making the most of your Facebook page, click here to download our guide.
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