In January I got the chance to re-design our Sunday bulletin, something I had been wanting to do for a while. While I didn’t get to do exactly what I imagined with it, since you do have to make sure your church approves and is comfortable with the design. At my church it’s probably about 75% seniors, therefore it’s sometimes difficult to get them to like some of the designs I come up with and I can’t go too modern. But I actually really like that I have to make sure it’s something my church will be comfortable with because it gets me to think about and design things I wouldn’t have otherwise. Below are the before and after photos of the bulletin. I’ll list a few of the things that I’ve changed and why I changed those things, hope this helps! If you have some designs you would like to share I’d love to see them, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The photo above is of the new bulletin, it’s the front cover and the back
Here are a few things that I changed:
• The cover, the person that designed them before would get photos off the internet, so sometimes they weren’t 300 DPI so they would be pixelated and they weren’t always the best covers. What I started to do is design my own covers so that we wouldn’t have to pay for them or have to deal with finding new ones every week, although if that’s something you do now and don’t want to design or don’t have a designer that is exactly what this blog is for so please use it!
• I removed the comics from the back for a few reasons, 1. I don’t know where the person who previously designed the bulletins got them from every week, and 2. I thought it would be best to list our beliefs and the church map so that as soon as a visitor opened the bulletin they wouldn’t get a list of beliefs like we had before, but instead a list of our weekly schedule, how to connect with us online and future events.
* Just a note, I added the church address in case one of our bulletins was ever found outside the church and they liked what we offered they could swing by and check us out.
The inside, well…what didn’t I change on the inside…
• Kept the welcome note from our pastor but added an image that represents our church a little bit. Our church LOVES coffee, we have a coffee cart every Sunday morning and it’s a pretty big hit. We always invite everyone to stay after in our courtyard and have a cup of coffee, a bagel and get to know someone new.
• The Sunday service order changed a bit, I took out some unnecessary text that was there before to shorten it and made the text flow a little better.
• I added a section where we could advertise upcoming events or events that are going on. For example last month I had an image and ad for the marriage seminar we do 2 times a year and this week I am advertising the 2 weeks we will be focusing on missions. I always like to have an image and some text below for all the basic information. Photos make everything more interesting 🙂
• I added the weekly schedule. We used to print those on a paper and stick it in the bulletin every week but that just seemed like a lot more work and like a waste of paper. Instead I added them to the inside where everyone can see what we have going on.
• Like I said above, I moved the belief statements to the back and minimized them.
• I added a connect with us section. The internet is a great way to keep your church family up to date with events and sermons, so I thought it would be important to highlight that we have a lot of resources online. I added the images of Facebook and Vimeo because when people see images I think it stands out more than text so they remember it more.
A few more things…
I changed up the divider, it used to be a rounded rectangle in different colors. I like to keep colors pretty minimal, the less the better in my opinion so I made them all red with white text. I also saw that the speech bubble/ribbon design is pretty popular right now so thats what I went with. Well that’s basically it. Like I said before I hope this helps and please please e-mail me if you have any questions or to share your own bulletins. Thanks for reading!