Two FREE Christmas Invitation Videos


Your friends at the Acts 8 Movement have two Christmas videos Episcopal churches can use for free. We created these multi-language videos (for the many of the languages in which Episcopalians worship) in the previous two years and offer them here anew for your use.

Using this Video

A Second Option

The video we created in 2015 offers options for those with some basic video editing skills to edit to add in information on your congregation. Those files are online for you to use, and are linked below. Simply Right Click the links to save the files.

MP4 file with extended section for adding text:
Christmasad-extended-withmusic.mp4

MP4 file with extended section for adding voice over and text:
Christmasad-extended-backgroundmusiconly.mp4

WMV file with an extended section for adding text:
Christmasad-extended-withmusic.wmv

WMV file with an extended section for adding voice over and text:
Christmasad-extended-backgroundmusiconly.wmv

Spanish language version MP4 file with extended section for adding text:
Christmasad-spanish-extended.mp4

Spanish language version WMV file with an extended section for adding text:
Christmasad-spanish-extended.wmv

Short video editing tutorials
Add Text with iMovie
Add Voiceover with iMovie

Add Text with Windows Media Player
Add Voiceover with Windows Media Player

Short tutorial on sharing and boosting a Facebook post

We hope one or both of these videos can be a key component in a plan to invite your neighbors to church this season. To make the most of the opportunity, we encourage you to review the Hospitality Checklist offered by Invite-Welcome-Connect.

There is no charge for using this video, it is simply our gift to you in the busyness of the season.

Have a Blessed Advent and a most joyous Christmas,
The Acts 8 Movement

A Note About Permissions
We created this video mostly from video clips purchased from videoblock.com with background audio purchased from audioblocks.com and this use is royalty free within those agreements. We selected art work in the public domain. The voices in this ad are persons from the Acts 8 Movement and permission is given hereby to use this video in promoting your congregation’s Christmas services. You may add your church name and service times without concern for copyright infringement or incurring any fees for this usage.

Sandra Montes translated the video into Spanish and provided the voiceover together with her brother Alex Montes-Vela for that version of the video, with her goddaughter Jaidani Ortiz closing out the voiceover. Fred Vergara translated the script into Tagalog and recorded the voiceover. Tinh Huynh provided the Vietnamese translation and voice recording. Merry Chan Ong put together a team for the Cantonese video to translate and record the script. David Simmons created the original score and Frank Logue edited the video. This collaboration involved Episcopalians in eight states working together on these two 1-minute videos.

Your free Pentecost video

Pentecost is the untamed Christian feast that secular culture has no interest in appropriating. Those who are not Christian will often observe Christmas in some way and will even dye Easter eggs. Yet the coming of the Holy Spirit in power to turn disciples into apostles will never foster Pentecost cards or other secular traditions. The Acts 8 Movement seeks to bridge the gap with one-minute video which both explains the feast and invites others to join in the celebration. Episcopal churches may use the video at no charge to advertise their Pentecost liturgies. You may download the video below in English or Spanish to post to your own Facebook page:

Pentecost-English.mp4
The English language video file

Pentecost-Spanish.mp4
The Spanish language video file

We also offer the video on the Acts 8 Movement Facebook page so you can simply share that video to your Facebook group.

We wish you a joyous Eastertide and Pentecost,
The Acts 8 Movement

A Note About Permissions
You may add your church name and service times, over The Episcopal Church Welcomes You, without concern for copyright infringement or incurring any fees for this usage. Frank Logue created the video using art in the public domain and video from video blocks.com in keeping with their licensing agreement so that there is no cost to any church. Adam Trambley wrote the original script which was lightly edited by the Acts 8 team and the Rev. Alex Montes-Vela created the Spanish language translation and recorded the voiceover. All of this is our gift to you.

Your FREE Easter Invitation Cartoon

facebookpostThe Acts 8 Movement is once again offering a video Episcopal churches may use for free to advertise their Easter liturgies. Following the success of a Lenten cartoon, this year’s Easter invitation is made in the same style. This Easter video follows on the heels of similar projects released periodically since Advent 2015. You may download the video below to post to your own Facebook page, or just link to one of the YouTube videos found here, or to the Facebook videos posted on the Acts 8 Movement Facebook page.

We encourage you to use this video as if it were your own in sharing the Good News. While those with video editing skill may customize the video, such as adding a photo from your congregation with some information during “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You”, we have discovered that lengthening the video to add service times or additional information leads to viewers tuning out en masse. We recommend putting the real content of the ad in the Facebook post text rather than in the video itself as shown in the post of our Lenten video at right from St. John’s Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas.

EasterCartoon-English.mp4
The English language video file

EasterCartoon-Spanish.mp4
The Spanish language video file

Animated GIF files for those who want to experiment
This past Christmas, The Diocese of Central New York used the Acts 8 video to invite their neighbors to worship in the churches of the Diocese. You can read about their test and what they learned: How we invited 5,000 Central New Yorkers to Join Us for Christmas. In response to their idea to use a catchy graphic in a side by side test, we are offering a short, animated GIF file, which Facebook permits in its advertising. DO NOT upload the GIF file to Facebook as the image will default to a still frame. Instead, place the file online and point to that file when creating the Facebook ad. This option only works for those advertising on Facebook. Click here for more information: How to Post an Animated GIF on Facebook

EasterCartoon-English.gif
The English language animated GIF file

EasterCartoon-Spanish.gif
The Spanish language animated GIF file

Another Video Option in Nine Different Languages
We also still offer the 2016 Easter video which includes the voice of the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry in the opening line and is available in nine of the languages in which our church worships: Your FREE Easter Invitation Video.

We wish you a most joyous Easter,
The Acts 8 Movement

A Note About Permissions
You may add your church name and service times without concern for copyright infringement or incurring any fees for this usage. Frank Logue created the animations using the website Animaker in keeping with their business license agreement so that there is no cost to any church. Earnest Graham drew the SuperHero Jesus character especially for this video. Adam Trambley wrote the script with his daughter, Julia, providing the English language voiceover. Sandra Montes recorded the Spanish language voiceover using her brother, Alex Montes-Vela’s Spanish language translation of the text. All of this is our gift to you.

A Free Lent Video for Your Congregation

With Lent fast approaching, your friends at the Acts 8 Movement are offering two ways to promote this season of preparation. The video above can be used as is or those with the ability to edit the video may download a version with a longer ending suitable for adding your congregation’s name or logo and listing your website address. Use this video to advertise any special Lenten programs. We also still offer last year’s Ash Wednesday video for those who want a means to advertise that liturgy.

Click the link below to download the .mp4 video files so that you can customize or upload as is to your Facebook page or YouTube Channel. The files will be posted here:

LentenRebootEnglish.mp4
The file in English ready to use without customization

LentenRebootEnglish-custom.mp4
The file in English with slightly longer ending with a blank area for the church name and URL

LentenRebootSpanish.mp4
The file in Spanish ready to use without customization

LentenRebootSpanish-custom.mp4
The file in Spanish with slightly longer ending with a blank area for the church name and URL

We will also have the files at the Acts 8 Movement Facebook Page and you can simply share the video to your Facebook Group.

We wish you a most Holy Lent,
The Acts 8 Movement

A Note About Permissions
You may add your church name and service times without concern for copyright infringement or incurring any fees for this usage. Frank Logue created the animations using the website Animaker in keeping with their licensing agreements so that there is no cost to any church. Acts 8 created the script in English and Dr. Sandra Montes and the Rev. Alex Montes-Vela created the Spanish language version with Alex recording the voiceover. All of this is our gift to you.

Create your own Ash Wednesday invitation video

Your friends at the Acts 8 Movement want to offer resources to assist your congregation in inviting your neighbors to join you for worship. This year, we are offering a Lenten video to encourage a Lenten Reboot. We are also offering the Episcopal Church the customizable video for congregations to promote their Ash Wednesday liturgies first created for 2016. You may post it as is, or you can download a high resolution video and with some basic video editing skills create a customized video for your congregation.

We also offer an Easter video to customize for free and we hope your posting the Ash Wednesday ad now will raise awareness in advance of the Easter video.

The files you need to create your own video are linked below each video. Simply Right Click the links to save the files.

English language version MP4 file with extended section for adding text:
AshWednesdayInvitation-customize_on_Mac.mp4

English language version WMV file with an extended section for adding text:
AshWednesdayAd-customize_on_PC.wmv

15-second English language .MP4 to share on Instagram:
AshWednesdayInstagram-English.mp4

Spanish language version MP4 file with extended section for adding text:
AshWednesdaySpanish-customize_on_Mac.mp4

Spanish language version WMV file with an extended section for adding text:
AshWednesdaySpanish_customize_on_pc.wmv

15-second Spanish language .MP4 to share on Instagram:
AshWednesdayInstagram-Spanish.mp4

Customize and Advertise
Want to customize this video and use it to create a Facebook ad? Let Nurya Love Parish show you how: Create your Facebook ad for Ash Wednesday. On her blog, she provides a tutorial for customizing the video using a Mac and a separate tutorial on placing a Facebook ad. She is also planning to survey churches who use the video on Facebook so we can learn more together.

There is no charge for using this video, it is simply our gift to you.

We wish you a most Holy Lent,
The Acts 8 Movement

A Note About Permissions
You may add your church name and service times without concern for copyright infringement or incurring any fees for this usage.

We created this video almost exclusively from original video recorded for this project. Every person shown signed a video release and we have made every effort to allow the people filmed to also see the video in advance of its going live. A purchased clip of the Jordan River is from videoblocks.com with background audio purchased from audioblocks.com and both are used royalty free within those agreements. We filmed the sunrise at Honey Creek Retreat Center in Waverly, Georgia. Adam Trambley wrote the script. The voices in this ad are Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale and Holli Powell in the English language version and the Rev. Alex Montes-Vela and his sister Sandra Montes in the Spanish language version. Frank Logue shot and edited the video. Everyone participating donated their time and work product to the project.

We give thanks to the congregations of St. Matthew’s and St. Paul the Apostle churches in Savannah, Georgia, and Canterbury Conference Center in Orviedo, Florida, where the video of imposing ashes were filmed. We apologize to those among the 19 persons filmed for the ad who were not in the final cut. You looked great, but some technical problems and the need to edit resulted in difficult choices.

Your FREE parish Christmas invitation video is ready!


“Episcopalians are on Facebook,”Presiding Bishop Michael Curry told participants at Evangelism Matters. ‘I’ve seen your dogs. I’ve seen your cats.” He went on to describe social media as a superhighway for sharing the Gospel. Your friends have seen your pets. This Christmas, let them see Jesus.

Your friends at the Acts 8 Movement have a new Christmas video coming out and, as a member of our mailing list, you get to see it first. You can:

We hope this video can be a key component in a plan to invite your neighbors to church this season. To make the most of the opportunity, we encourage you to review the Hospitality Checklist offered by Invite-Welcome-Connect.

Using this Video
We encourage you to use this video as if it were your own in sharing the Good News. While those with video editing skill may customize the video, such as adding a photo from your congregation with some information during “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You”, we have discovered that lengthening the video to add service times or additional information leads to viewers tuning out en masse. We recommend putting the real content of the ad in the Facebook post text rather than in the video itself. You may also still download and use Acts 8’s 2015 Christmas Video in addition to or instead of the one created for this year.

Still to Come!

Keep checking in at acts8movement.org as over the next few days, we will be launching other language translations of the video, and more content. In the meantime, to find out more of what we have discovered along the way, please read Nurya Love Parish’s helpful post 7 Lessons from the Video Experiment.

There is no charge for using this video, it is simply our gift to you.

Blessed Advent,
The Acts 8 Movement

Thank Yous
The script was worked on by a small group. English voiceover provided by Miranda Hassett, Griffin Hasset, Iona Hassett, Alex Montes-Vela, Sandra Montes, Adam Trambley, Julia Trambley, Frank Logue, Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale, Susan Brown Snook, and Eliza Pankey. Sandra Montes translated the video into Spanish and provided the voiceover together with her brother Alex Montes-Vela for that version of the video, with her goddaughter Jaidani Ortiz closing out the voiceover. Fred Vergara translated the script into Tagalog and recorded the voiceover. Tinh Huynh provided the Vietnamese translation and voice recording. Merry Chan Ong put together a team for the Cantonese video to translate and record the script. David Simmons created the original score and Frank Logue edited the video. This collaboration involved Episcopalians in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, California, Wisconsin, and Georgia, working together on this 1-minute video.

A Note About Permissions
You may use this video without concern for copyright infringement or incurring any fees for this usage. We created this video using original video filmed by Frank Logue and Alex Montes-Vela together with clips purchased from videoblocks.com and are using them within that licensing agreement. Everyone participating donated their time and work product to the project, and the parents of the children whose voices are in the video approve of their taking part in the project.

Debriefing the Easter Invitation Video Project

EasterInvitation

Earlier today, Nurya Love Parish and Frank Logue tried out a new technology in public, and Episcopalians around the country joined in. Blab.im is still in beta, but early indications are that this live videostream technology is both simple and enjoyable. There are many ways the church can make use of this new social platform.

Today, we used it to discuss the Acts 8 Movement’s video evangelism project. The conversation included call-in guests who shared their experience with the video and gave ideas for future projects.

Watch the video:

Or, if you prefer just the audio, grab it here (and ignore that huge face which I can’t figure out how to change!):


How could you imagine using Blab in ministry?

Your Free Easter Invitation Video

Get your 2017 Easter cartoon here!

Your friends at the Acts 8 Movement are glad to offer the Episcopal Church a video for congregations to promote their Easter liturgies. The video above is our gift to you. You may post it as is, or you can download a high resolution video and with some basic video editing skills create a customized video for your congregation.

We thank the Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop Michael Curry for his voiceover cameo role in the English language video. We also offer the video in more of the languages our churches worship in with Spanish, French, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Tagalog, Ilocano, and Dinka language versions.

A Note About Customizing this Video
When we launched our Christmas and Ash Wednesday videos, we added a blank spot right before the closing “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You” for congregations to add their service times or other information into the video itself. Now with experience, we see that the process takes time and gives an easy spot for those watching the video to move on as many users watch 95% of the video. We’ve omitted this blank space in the Easter video, realizing that the effort does not provide the desired results. This is an iterative process and we are seeking to learn. To find out more of what we have discovered along the way, please read Nurya Love Parish’s helpful post 7 Lessons from the Ash Wednesday Video Experiment.

Those with video editing skill may still customize the video. You could add your church name, the URL of the church website, or the logo to the video itself. You may even add a photo from your congregation with some information during “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You.”

The files you need are linked below each video. Simply Right Click the links to save the files, then upload to your congregation’s Facebook page as a video. Add a brief invite and service times and you are done. Or just embed or link the YouTube video above or any of these videos at our Acts8 YouTube Channel.

English language version MP4 file:
EasterInvitation.mp4

Spanish language version MP4 file:
EasterInvitation-Spanish.mp4

French language version MP4 file:
EasterInvitation-French.mp4

Korean language version MP4 file:
EasterInvitation-Korean2.mp4

Mandarin language version MP4 file:
EasterInvitation-Mandarin.mp4

Cantonese language version MP4 file:
EasterInvitation-Cantonese.mp4

Ilocano language version MP4 file:
EasterInvitation-Ilocano.mp4

Tagalog language version MP4 file:
EasterInvitation-Tagalog.mp4

Dinka language version MP4 file:
EasterInvitation-Dinka.mp4

The Director’s Cut
The Nine languages in one Video version MP4 file:
EasterInvitation-MultiLingual.mp4

Advertise on Facebook
We encourage you to use this video as if it were your own in sharing the Good News this Easter. The following tutorial is provided to walk you through the process of downloading the video from this post, uploading it to Facebook, and creating a Facebook ad.

Facebook automatically plays videos uploaded to the site which is why we recommend this option. If the downloading and uploading process is a challenge, feel free to simply post a link to the video on YouTube in your invitation.

There is no charge for using this video, it is simply our gift to you.

We wish you a most joyous Easter,
The Acts 8 Movement

We Are Still Learning – Give Us Feedback
The Acts 8 Movement continues to learn based on your feedback. Nurya Love Parish will be conducting another survey of churches who use the Acts 8 Movement ad in the Easter season. To participate, please provide your email address using the form at the end of this post.

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Thank You to the Many People Who Worked on this Project
Thanks to David Simmons who wrote and recorded the original score for this video edited and produced by Frank Logue. We give thanks to Alex Montes-Vela and his sister Sandra Vela for once again translating and recording the Spanish language video. Ada Wong-Nagata once again came through with a Cantonese language video and worked with the Episcopal Asian Ministries Chinese Convocation to record this in many voices as well as to create a Mandarin language video. Aidan Koh worked with the Korean convocation to create a Korean language version. Fred Vergara translated a Tagalog text for Filipino congregations and Leonard Oakes and Ruth Paguio worked with others to record the audio. Leonard Oakes also added a second of the major Filipino languages working to translate and record the voiceover in the Ilocano language. John Deng pulled together a group to create the Dinka language version for South Sudanese congregations. Pierre-Henry and Sophia Buisson provided the translation and audio for the French language version.

A Note About Permissions
You may use this video without concern for copyright infringement or incurring any fees for this usage.

We created this video using original video recorded for this project together with clips purchased from videoblock.com and are using them within that licensing agreement. Everyone participating donated their time and work product to the project.

Share the Good News of Christmas with a Personalized Video


Your friends at the Acts 8 Movement are glad to offer the Episcopal Church a customizable video for congregations to promote their Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship. The video above is our gift to you. You may post it as is, or with some basic video editing skills, you can download a high resolution video for your use.

Those files are online for you to use, and are linked below. Simply Right Click the links to save the files.

MP4 file with extended section for adding text:
Christmasad-extended-withmusic.mp4

MP4 file with extended section for adding voice over and text:
Christmasad-extended-backgroundmusiconly.mp4

WMV file with an extended section for adding text:
Christmasad-extended-withmusic.wmv

WMV file with an extended section for adding voice over and text:
Christmasad-extended-backgroundmusiconly.wmv

Spanish language version MP4 file with extended section for adding text:
Christmasad-spanish-extended.mp4

Spanish language version WMV file with an extended section for adding text:
Christmasad-spanish-extended.wmv

Short video editing tutorials
Add Text with iMovie
Add Voiceover with iMovie

Add Text with Windows Media Player
Add Voiceover with Windows Media Player

Short tutorial on sharing and boosting a Facebook post

There is no charge for using this video, it is simply our gift to you in the busyness of the season.

Have a Blessed Advent and a most joyous Christmas,
The Acts 8 Movement

A Note About Permissions
We created this video mostly from video clips purchased from videoblock.com with background audio purchased from audioblocks.com and this use is royalty free within those agreements. We selected art work in the public domain. The video of Episcopalians singing is from the Diocese of Georgia’s float in the MLK Parade in Savannah. Persons on the float were notified they were filmed for video use. The father and son prominent in the video are an Episcopal priest and his son and they have seen and approve of this usage. The voices in this ad are persons from the Acts 8 Movement and permission is given hereby to use this video in promoting your congregation’s Christmas services. You may add your church name and service times without concern for copyright infringement or incurring any fees for this usage.