When considering your church program (some may refer to it as a bulletin) and what you should and shouldn’t provide within it, I’d ask you also consider the following as I break down my thoughts on what I like and don’t like about a few different programs I’ve gathered over the past few months.
Kids say the darndest thing, amiright?
I love being a dad. I love having thoughtful, funny, and serious conversations with my kids. Fortunately, I’ve been blessed to have two of the most adorable, witty, smart, kind, handsome, and beautiful children on the planet.
Let’s be honest. Sometimes us designers just don’t have the time to create custom content, especially when, like me, you work in environments where you just need to pump out good-looking content as fast as you can. Maybe it’s a background image, a few icons for a small web project, or a handwritten font. Whatever the case, it’s always nice to have a few things to fall back on.
1. Church Program (also know in it’s outdated term as the “Church Bulletin”)
DO: Create a visually attractive bi-fold program (preferably in color) highlighting the current sermon series (or that week’s sermon topic) on the front cover. Make room for a simple paragraph or two informing visitors of what they can expect, where they can take their kids, the different elements of the gathering (communion, singing, message, prayer, etc.) and that you’re glad they have chosen to gather at your church. Include three or four all-church activities or important ministry-specific events (like youth camp, kids camp, etc.) – graphics/images and minimal text work best for displaying event information. You’ll also want to include contact information and service dates and times.