Your Choice of two FREE Easter Invitation Videos

facebookpostThe Acts 8 Movement is once again offering videos Episcopal churches may use for free to advertise their Easter liturgies. 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 Video 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
The Diocese of Central New York used an 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.

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
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

 

Thank You to the Many People Who Worked on these Projects

For the cartoon – 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.

For the video with the Presiding Bishop – 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.

Good Book Club BLOGFORCE Week Six


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During the season of Lent and Easter, The Acts8 BLOGFORCE and Collect Call will be cooperating with The Good Book Club  and Episcopal organizations across the spectrum to promote the reading of Luke and Acts.  Every week, we present a new question based on the upcoming readings for people to blog on.  The question for this week, that of March 18th, is:

A few weeks ago, we asked what burdens the Church needed to let go of to make room for the Kingdom of God.  In the story of the rich ruler, with Holy Week just around the corner, the question becomes much more personal.  What is holding you back from inheriting eternal life?

Anyone can participate in the BLOGFORCE using the instructions below:

David Simmons & Steve Pankey
BLOGFORCE Wingmen


How do I participate in the BLOGFORCE?

Simply blog your answer on your own site.  If you don’t have a site, perhaps consider medium.com, which is free and easy to set up.

1. Paste the code you can find here at the bottom of your post – note that it is code so you will probably need to switch to HTML view in your blog editor. It should look like this on your blog when posted or previewed:

 

Blog Force Participant

 

2. Participating blog entries will be shared through the Acts8 Twitter and Facebook feeds.  Please email the link to your blog post to blogforce@acts8movement.org.

The editorial board of Acts8 reserves the right to decline submissions that are deemed offensive or do not uphold the Guiding Principles.

Good Book Club BLOGFORCE Week Five


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During the season of Lent and Easter, The Acts8 BLOGFORCE and Collect Call will be cooperating with The Good Book Club  and Episcopal organizations across the spectrum to promote the reading of Luke and Acts.  Every week, we present a new question based on the upcoming readings for people to blog on.  The question for this week, that of March 11th, is:

Prodigal (n) – a person who spends money in a recklessly extravagant way – is often used to describe the younger son in the well known parable, but what if the point of this parable is the prodigality of the father?  Tell of a time you were aware of God’ recklessly extravagant grace.

Anyone can participate in the BLOGFORCE using the instructions below:

David Simmons & Steve Pankey
BLOGFORCE Wingmen


How do I participate in the BLOGFORCE?

Simply blog your answer on your own site.  If you don’t have a site, perhaps consider medium.com, which is free and easy to set up.

1. Paste the code you can find here at the bottom of your post – note that it is code so you will probably need to switch to HTML view in your blog editor. It should look like this on your blog when posted or previewed:

 

Blog Force Participant

 

2. Participating blog entries will be shared through the Acts8 Twitter and Facebook feeds.  Please email the link to your blog post to blogforce@acts8movement.org.

The editorial board of Acts8 reserves the right to decline submissions that are deemed offensive or do not uphold the Guiding Principles.

Good Book Club BLOGFORCE Week Four


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During the season of Lent and Easter, The Acts8 BLOGFORCE and Collect Call will be cooperating with The Good Book Club  and Episcopal organizations across the spectrum to promote the reading of Luke and Acts.  Every week, we  present a new question based on the upcoming readings for people to blog on.  The question for this week, that of March 4th, is:

“Jesus says to the religious authorities of the time, ‘You load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not lift a finger to ease them.’  What burdens does the church carry or load on people today that it needs to ease?”

Anyone can participate in the BLOGFORCE using the instructions below:

David Simmons & Steve Pankey
BLOGFORCE Wingmen


How do I participate in the BLOGFORCE?

Simply blog your answer on your own site.  If you don’t have a site, perhaps consider medium.com, which is free and easy to set up.

1. Paste the code you can find here at the bottom of your post – note that it is code so you will probably need to switch to HTML view in your blog editor. It should look like this on your blog when posted or previewed:

 

Blog Force Participant

 

2. Participating blog entries will be shared through the Acts8 Twitter and Facebook feeds.  Please email the link to your blog post to blogforce@acts8movement.org.

The editorial board of Acts8 reserves the right to decline submissions that are deemed offensive or do not uphold the Guiding Principles.

Good Book Club BLOGFORCE Week Three


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During the season of Lent and Easter, The Acts8 BLOGFORCE and Collect Call will be cooperating with The Good Book Club  and Episcopal organizations across the spectrum to promote the reading of Luke and Acts.  Every week, we  present a new question based on the upcoming readings for people to blog on.  The question for this week, that of February 25th, is:

“What do we learn from the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples? ” (The Lord’s Prayer)

Anyone can participate in the BLOGFORCE using the instructions below:

David Simmons & Steve Pankey
BLOGFORCE Wingmen


How do I participate in the BLOGFORCE?

Simply blog your answer on your own site.  If you don’t have a site, perhaps consider medium.com, which is free and easy to set up.

1. Paste the code you can find here at the bottom of your post – note that it is code so you will probably need to switch to HTML view in your blog editor. It should look like this on your blog when posted or previewed:

 

Blog Force Participant

 

2. Participating blog entries will be shared through the Acts8 Twitter and Facebook feeds.  Please email the link to your blog post to blogforce@acts8movement.org.

The editorial board of Acts8 reserves the right to decline submissions that are deemed offensive or do not uphold the Guiding Principles.

Good Book Club BLOGFORCE Week Two


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During the season of Lent and Easter, The Acts8 BLOGFORCE and Collect Call will be cooperating with The Good Book Club  and Episcopal organizations across the spectrum to promote the reading of Luke and Acts.  Every week, we  present a new question based on the upcoming readings for people to blog on.  The question for this week, that of February 18th, is:

“Jesus called his first disciples with these words, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.’  What does evangelism mean to you?”

Anyone can participate in the BLOGFORCE using the instructions below:

David Simmons & Steve Pankey
BLOGFORCE Wingmen


How do I participate in the BLOGFORCE?

Simply blog your answer on your own site.  If you don’t have a site, perhaps consider medium.com, which is free and easy to set up.

1. Paste the code you can find here at the bottom of your post – note that it is code so you will probably need to switch to HTML view in your blog editor. It should look like this on your blog when posted or previewed:

Blog Force Participant

2. Participating blog entries will be shared through the Acts8 Twitter and Facebook feeds.  Please email the link to your blog post to blogforce@acts8movement.org.

The editorial board of Acts8 reserves the right to decline submissions that are deemed offensive or do not uphold the Guiding Principles.

Good Book Club BLOGFORCE Week One


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During the season of Lent and Easter, The Acts8 BLOGFORCE and Collect Call will be cooperating with The Good Book Club  and Episcopal organizations across the spectrum to promote the reading of Luke and Acts.  Every week, we will present a new question based on the upcoming readings for people to blog on.  The question for this week, that of February 11, is:

“Luke’s goal in writing his two-part story is to provide an orderly account so that his readers might know the truth about Jesus. To what end do you read the scriptures?”

Anyone can participate in the BLOGFORCE using the instructions below:

David Simmons & Steve Pankey
BLOGFORCE Wingmen


How do I participate in the BLOGFORCE?

Simply blog your answer on your own site.  If you don’t have a site, perhaps consider medium.com, which is free and easy to set up.

1. Paste the code you can find here at the bottom of your post – note that it is code so you will probably need to switch to HTML view in your blog editor. It should look like this on your blog when posted or previewed:

Blog Force Participant

2. Participating blog entries will be shared through the Acts8 Twitter and Facebook feeds.  Please email the link to your blog post to blogforce@acts8movement.org.

The editorial board of Acts8 reserves the right to decline submissions that are deemed offensive or do not uphold the Guiding Principles.

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.

The Collect Call: For the Good Use of Leisure

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We belatedly announce our summer break and pray for its good use. Also, major #catdisclaimer.

This week’s text (BCP p. 825):

O God, in the course of this busy life, give us times of refreshment and peace; and grant that we may so use our leisure to rebuild our bodies and renew our minds, that our spirits may be opened to the goodness of your creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Image credit: Evgenly Isaev, distributed under a CC BY license.

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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.