If you have a multi-media system in your church, you’ve probably seen announcements scroll before worship begins – hence the term “scrollers”.   Some media teams go all out and each announcement is its own mini-creation, complete with humor, glitz or a touch of reminiscence, depending on the announcement.  Some prefer to keep the format the same from one to the next, making information easy to catch.   It works; that’s why we use the technique.  But it’s not the only way to use imagery before the service begins.

How about a handful of options to help expand your horizons? Some would do well before the service begins, others might fit better within the service itself.  Ready?  Here goes.

  • Consider “scrolling” pictures  with or without captions of the retreat the youth group just completed,  the short term missions team.  Only a portion of the church participated in that event, perhaps, but the entire congregation can rejoice in what God did.  It builds community and fellowship. 
  • Last week’s retreat.  Scroll fast if you need to, perhaps with an energetic music bed, but those who went will want to see them all, those who didn’t will think twice about letting you go without them next time.   It can be a thank-you to those who were involved while giving a glimpse to those who only thought  about it – this time.
  • Perhaps scrolling pictures of behind the scenes activity as the church prepares for an upcoming event, like your Easter musical.  VBS.  A special outreach.  This can build a sense of expectancy and it’s also a great transition to corporate prayer.   You do pray for approaching ministry opportunities as a whole church, right?   Good.
  • Whose birthday is it this week?   (dates only, not years, ok?)  Whose anniversary?  The church family should know!
  • Is there an instrumental prelude coming in a couple weeks?  What if the nature photographs of an amateur photographer in your church were compiled with Scripture verses or the lyrics to the song tastefully (artfully) super-imposed to help those gathering for worship tune their hearts?  As they slowly scroll, the musician has a visual element contributing to his or her prelude, the congregation is “thinking on these things”  (Phil. 4.8) and you’re ready to officially begin. 

That was just for starters –  you’ve already thought of another, haven’t you?   Try it.  See if the church family likes the results. 

What’s your church done with scrollers?   How about sharing the idea?  Your candle doesn’t have to go out to light another, you know.   

Enjoy ~

Phil —