Piota Apps for Churches
Why an app?
Keeping your congregation engaged and in touch is not easy. They want to hear from you but with crowded inboxes, a young adult demographic that doesn’t do email, a website which broadcasts information but can’t personalise it, social media sites which are unfocused and limited in format, and ever-decreasing attention spans and patience levels even the most inspiring or urgent material goes astray or unread.
If you are struggling to cover everyone through a mix of emails, texts, Google apps, Whatsapp groups, Facebook feeds and website announcements you already know the problem. The solution is a high quality mobile app versatile enough to double up as both a messaging centre and information hub for your congregation, volunteers and wider church family.
Piota’s church app is such a one stop shop. It speeds your communications in rich formats directly to everyone with the app or specific sub-groups. It’s a quick reference source with immediate access to everything people might want to know, from meeting timings to last week’s sermon to how to donate. And it is affordable for all churches and should even pay for itself in cost and time savings.
Improve communications, engagement and feedback
Download one of our apps, St Isidore’s Church
Click on the relevant link on your Android or iOS device.
Or search for St Isidore’s Church in your app store.
The benefits of a church app
Grow your community and demonstrate a progressive attitude with a Piota app.
Grow your community
Now that you have an app, how can it help you grow your audience? Simple, the app can help not only engage current members but welcome new members through digital bulletins that are shareable on social networks, syncable calendars that help you alert others to open days and faith evenings, libraries of books, further readings and alerts for donation appeals.
Cost and time savings
Direct savings can be realised by reducing paper, ink and other costs by putting newsletter type information on the app. Administrative and time savings come from using the delayed publication feature on the app to pre-set reminders and other items rather than having to allocate time each day to do so, and minimising emails and chasing as the more messages that get through first time the more replies you will receive.
Members of your church community opt into groups of interest to them on the app. Groups are set by the church and can be anything from “Sunday service” to “Soup kitchen volunteers” to “Thursday coffee mornings” to “Creche leaders”. Whenever you post news, information, events, reminders, forms or surveys relating to a group, the item will be alerted by Push Notification to that group’s phones. Thus the app user gets relevant content delivered separately from their crowded inbox and openable with one click.
House all significant information about your church on an easily navigable app – upcoming service timings, passages, readings, sermons, location, bios of the ministry team and elders, contacts details, news, appeals, links to the website and online payments system, prayer requests, diocese newsletters etc – and the congregation will quickly learn to use it as the first port of call when they need to look up something about church or browse to see what’s new.
Easy to use
Content on the app remains under the church’s direct control at all times as you upload and edit all material via a dedicated Content Management System (CMS). This is very simple to use: we say if you can write and edit a basic Word document, you will have no trouble mastering the CMS. And when needed we provide unlimited personal training and support on the phone or Skype.
It is important for churches and communities to make the most of modern technology. With work, family, extra curricular activities and distractions, churches need to think of new ways to communicate with people “on the go”. A customised church app demonstrates the progressive attitude of your church and enables you to engage directly with your community, seven days a week.
In just 4 steps, your Church app can be out there.
Contact us via our contact form, or on 01702 780 051 to discuss any aspects of how the app works, or the set up process.
Sign up for a trial
Sign up with our Sales team to a free, 30 day trial.
Start your trial
2 weeks later, you will receive your fully working app + CMS. We will provide as much training as you need and can involve as many colleagues, parishioners or volunteers as you wish on the trial.
After your free trial, if you want to go ahead, great! If not, you owe us nothing.