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How Can Churches Use Patch?

In our latest edition of “Patch 101,” we share how church leaders and community members can share their photos, details and thoughts on church happenings and religious issues with their fellow West Cobb Patch readers.

Are you a pastor, church leader or parishioner looking to spread the news about what’s going on in your church? Are you a community member interested in writing about religious issues in Cobb or our nation? Patch is ready to help.

We are not just a news portal, but more of a community hub for you, your family and your friends. But we can't do it without your support.

Here's how you, your church or other religious group can get the most out of West Cobb Patch:

1. Start a blog about your church, religion, local issues and other topics.

Pastors, you can post previews of your sermons or share them for those who couldn’t make it to church. Or perhaps you want to give your perspective on an issue in Cobb, in our state or nation. Community members, you can blog on our site too, whether on religious issues or any other topic of your choice.

Clicking this link will navigate you to the new blog post form where you share what you know, think and feel. Blogs with photos can be included on West Cobb Patch’s homepage and are sometimes featured in Patch’s daily newsletter

2. Upload pictures of your church or group to our gallery.

We love getting photos and videos sent to us, especially those posted by you—the community—to our gallery. It's a place where everyone can quickly see images and films you all hold near and dear.

3. Make announcements about church happenings, personal accomplishments and more.

Announcements can be about anything you want to tell people. We want you to feel invested in Patch and the community, and this is an easy and quick way to do it. Add a photo, as well. It helps your announcement stand out.

Perhaps you want to give out details on the upcoming bake sale. Or maybe you’re looking to share the news of a pastor’s ordination or the start or end of their tenure at your church. Or maybe you’re looking to announce an engagement or wedding. You can post any of these examples and more in our Announcements section.

Simply click the Announcement option under the News tab on the homepage. On the right side of the screen you’ll see the button “Add an Announcement.” This will you take you to Patch’s new announcement form. When you’re ready, click “publish my announcement” and it will go live to the site immediately.

Other things Patch allows and encourages you to post include births, school or community awards, job promotions and more.

4. Place events, such as revivals, concerts, etc., on our calendar.

Want to invite the community to a gospel concert, revival, fundraiser, Vacation Bible School or other happening? That's where event listings come in. You pick the date it runs, and voila! Navigate to the Events page and click “Add an Event” on the right side of the page. Tell us all the details about your upcoming event, then click “post my event” at the bottom of the page. If you include a photo, your event may appear on the front page.

5. Submit opinion articles or letters to the editor.

We accept submissions, which may appear as featured stories on our homepage and in our newsletters. We reach tons of people in the community, and we know they'd love to hear from you. Email these to jon.gargis@patch.com.

6. Place an advertisement for even more exposure for your church.

If you want more visibility on our site, place an advertisement on Patch. Contact Allison Bentley at allison.bentley@patch.com for more information.

See more ways you can utilize Patch by checking out our “Patch 101” series.

Be sure to bookmark this page for future reference, and as always, feel to free e-mail West Cobb Patch Editor Jon Gargis at jon.gargis@patch.com if you have any questions.

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