There is something comforting about being welcomed at the front door of a building.
Whether you’re arriving at that door for the first time or you’re a regular, you’re put at ease. Someone was expecting you. Someone reached out to welcome you. Your mood is lifted before you’ve even set foot in the door.
But, the front door has moved. The internet has moved the front door of every organisation, including the church.
Your first opportunity to welcome people to your church is now online. Will you answer it with a warm welcome or are you missing a huge opportunity?
We’re here to help!
What we offer
Through our Congregational Website Program, the Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of South Australia (UCASA) offers congregations, faith communities, Presbyteries, and other UCA organisations, the opportunity to have a fully functional website. This provides you with an easy-to-use website that reflects the UCASA as an innovative, growing church.
Congregational Logo Design
We are excited to be able to offer all Congregations on the Congregational Website Program the opportunity to have a logo created by our talented Graphic & Digital Designer.
This logo can be used digitally, on your website, emails, etc. For more information about this service click here or phone 8236 4266 to speak to our Congregational Website Officer.
ONE PAGE WEBSITE
Do you lack the time and administrative support to operate your own website? A One Page Website will be the ideal basic web presence for your congregation.
$50 set up fee, payable before handover
$100 per annum maintenance fee, billed annually
We will add content and photographs to a one page ucasa.org.au website so you have your own web presence.
If you require changes, contact us and we can update the website for you. We offer six updates per year.
- One Page Websites can list playgroups, Sunday schools, youth, young adult and parent groups, include a location map and can also list specific Easter and Christmas services if they are emailed to us.
- Five photos can be added to each website.
- Up to six changes to content per year – this is enough to add and remove Christmas events, Easter events and any other major event your church operates. Please note small changes to things like contact details or ministers are not counted in the six changes.
- A custom domain name (e.g. yourchurch.ucasa.org.au) is provided as a quick-link to your page.
- Email account – one email account at your domain using Google’s Gmail platform (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org).
One Page Websites
Ascot Community Uniting Church
ConneXions Uniting Church
Croydon Park Uniting Church
Dernancourt Uniting Church
Kangarilla Uniting Church
Mitcham Village Uniting Church
Moonta & Districts Uniting Churches
One Tree Hill Uniting Church
Para Hills Uniting Church
Para Vista Uniting Church
Port Elliot Uniting Church
Summertown Uniting Church
The Grove Uniting Church
The Uniting Churches of the Tatiara
Tumby Bay Uniting Church
West Lakes United Church
FULL WEBSITE – PRESET LAYOUT
Joining the Congregational Website Program is a great way to have a fully functioning website with the latest church news, events, podcasts and more. All you need to get started is a web browser and log-in.
$250 set up fee, payable before handover
$250 per annum maintenance fee, billed annually
From normal pages of web content to blogs to podcasts to weekly newsletters to video to events calendars to photo galleries – it’s all available to your church through the Congregational Website Program.
All of this is supported by the Synod Office which provides ease of mind – if you get stuck or someone moves from your church, we’re here to help.
Great, mobile-ready design
UCASA inspired design – when our UCASA brand is consistent, it’s like a uniform that binds us together. The website was designed by our very talented Graphics and Digital Designer.
But flexible – do you have a logo and accent colour you want to use within this style? No problem – this can be set up for your church.
Fully mobile ready – the design is fully mobile responsive. You don’t have to do a thing – simply edit the content and the website technology takes care of the rest!
Post your own content
Content management – log into the site using any modern web browser and you have full control over your site content. Any modern browser. Any time. So simple.
Photo galleries – upload and crop up to 50 photos in the browser.
Blogging/News system – write regular stories or articles and display them in a blog format.
Newsletters – want to present your weekly newsletters online? Upload your PDF newsletters onto your congregational Google Drive (provided) & embed the newsletters onto the website.
Podcasts – want to host a podcast of your weekly sermons? We provide a platform for your Sermon.net podcasts to be viewed.
Video – does your congregation work with video? We can embed Vimeo or YouTube videos.
Access to statistics
Your church will have access to analytical data through an automatically generated monthly report.
Branded email accounts
Email accounts – up to 5 email accounts at your domain using Google’s Gmail platform (e.g. email@example.com). Gmail is extremely flexible and can be accessed in multiple locations and platforms, allowing you to work with your email from any modern web browser, most desktop email software and any smart phone.
Wave goodbye to running out of email space – you’ll have 30 GB for each of your accounts.
Email forwards – up to 10 email forwards, redirecting emails delivered to one email address on to a different email address.
Hosting and management taken care of
Hosting – the Congregational Website Program includes hosting and management of the site including all security updates.
New administrator? – old administrators can be removed and new ones added.
Aldinga & McLaren Vale Uniting Churches
Barossa Uniting Church Joint Council
Brighton Uniting Church
Broadview Uniting Church
Campbelltown Uniting Church
Christ Church Wayville Uniting Church
Colonel Light Gardens Uniting Church
Echunga Uniting Church
Effective Living Centre
Enfield Uniting Church
Gartrell (Dulwich Rose Park) Uniting Church
Gawler Uniting Church
Grange Uniting Church
Hallett Cove Uniting Church
Kadina Wallaroo Parish
Marion Warradale Uniting Church
Meningie Uniting Church
Mount Barker Uniting Church
Mount Gambier Uniting Church & The Southern Pastorate Congregrations
Nairne Uniting Church
Newland Memorial Uniting Church
Noarlunga Uniting Church
Playford Uniting Church
Rosefield Uniting Church
Semaphore Uniting Church
Strathalbyn & District Uniting Church Linked Congregations
Sunset Rock Uniting Church
The Corner Uniting Church
Unity Hill Uniting Church
Waikerie Uniting Church
Westbourne Park Uniting Church
Western Link Uniting Church
Willunga Uniting Church
Woodside Uniting Church
Yilki Uniting Church
FULL WEBSITE – CUSTOMISED LAYOUT
The Customised Layout option* has all of the perks of a Full Website with the added bonus of a customised menu structure and home page.
$600 set up fee, payable before handover
$250 per annum maintenance fee, billed annually
$60 post-handover layout change fee, billed per change
*Please note: this option is available from 2020 for congregations who would like to break the mould and have a completely customised layout.
For questions regarding the Congregational Website Programs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (08) 8236 4266.
If you would like to get started please download and complete an Agreement and Preferences form (even if your organisation is an existing member of the Congregational Website Program).
Finished forms can then be emailed to email@example.com or posted to
Attn: Congregational Websites
Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of South Australia
GPO Box 2145
Adelaide SA 5001
On receipt, we will contact you to progress your new website. We look forward to hearing from you!
“In 2016 the Church Council agreed to join the Synod of South Australia web program. It has been a very productive relationship.
The website has great functionality and is simple to maintain. It provides a great resource for our members with ready access to newsletters, calendar, and past services.The recent provision of a Facebook feed is a great initiative.
The website is the centrepiece to Echunga’s online presence and during this time of social isolation we have received great feedback as people from far and wide have been able to keep in touch by catching up with recent online services.
The website template offered by the program is very contemporary and robust. It undergoes regular enhancements as new features become available. The training and prompt support offered by the congregational web team has been excellent.”
Greg Walker, Echunga Uniting Church