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  • What You Must Know When Planning A Service

     

    At Graceway Media, we have the opportunity to create media that churches use every weekend. In addition to providing the artwork needed for weekend services, we also want to provide some ideas on how to best use these designs. We’ve put together a quick service outline that uses similar designs for a consistent visual experience along with some tips for each segment.

     

    Welcome Screen

    It’s a great idea to have a welcome screen playing as people begin to trickle in. Playing music along with the video can also help. This can be done with a playlist in Spotify, iTunes, or using your church band.

     

    See a motion version here.

     

    Countdown/Worship Intro

    A countdown is a great tool that can be useful in a couple different ways.  First of all, it can obviously be used to countdown the beginning of service.  You can also use it to cue your "creatives" on the worship team who sometimes have a tough time keeping track of what time it is.  

     

    See the countdown here.

     

    Worship Loops

    Worship loops really have the ability to take your worship experience up a notch.  For example, if the song is fast then make sure the movement of the loop is faster as well.  Likewise, if a song is slower, then find a worship loop that moves slower.  TIP:  When planning a service, be sure to test the actual songs with the worship loops for feel.  We included popular worship songs with the loops that we picked out so that you can see an example of what worship loops fit with what songs.  

    Alive - Hillsong Young & Free - Worship Loop

    One Thing Remains - Bethel Live - Worship Loop

    10,000 Reasons - Matt Redman - Worship Loop


    Announcements 

    If you want to do announcements during service, it's super important that you keep them quick, informative and above all...engaging!  If Graceway doesn't have the specific announcement text that you need, remember to submit your retitling request using our Retitling Service to have an announcement customized to match what you need.  

       

     

    Sermon Title With Scripture 

    Be sure that when a scripture is being read, the scripture is on the screen, but when the scripture reading is done, the sermon title should replace it.  The Sermon Title should be the constant "placeholder" onscreen unless there is something else needing to be displayed.  The only instance where this does not apply is if you are displaying your pastor speaking live onscreen.

     

     

    Tithes & Offerings

    There are two main ways churches are addressing Tithes and Offerings nowadays.  One is the passing of the bucket/plate which is a more traditional means.  The second is to just remind people that they can give and to have buckets at the back on their way out.  This method is becoming increasingly popular in recent years.

     

    See a motion version here.

     

    Close of Service

    In this service structure, the service closes after offering is taken up and the congregation is dismissed.  Be aware of the "mood" when you finish a service and please play the appropriate music.  If you are still having prayer at the end then have a slower song playing.  If you need people to hustle on out so that you can prepare for the next service, play something upbeat.  

    See a motion version here.

     

    Feel free to share and/or leave comments below telling us some of your own experiences when it comes to planning a service, how you use media, etc.

     

  • New Feature: After Effects Files

    We launched HD motions in 2011 and have been cranking out animated announcements, worship loops and countdowns ever since. Along with our recent addition of Igniter Media Stills and Motions, we now have over 2,000 HD motions ready for you to use in service.

    One of our most requested formats for Motions have been After Effects projects. Today, we are excited to say that we have added over 150 AE files! And that’s not all. We are working on providing After Effects projects for all of our Title Motions, starting with our most popular sets.

    If you’re a Total Media member, you have full access to After Effects projects today. If you’re a Motions or Stills member, there’s never been a better time to upgrade!

    Browse all After Effects files ›

    What is After Effects?
    After Effects is a motion graphics application made by Adobe. We use it extensively when creating loops, title effects and motion backgrounds. If you don’t have After Effects, you can subscribe to Adobe’s Creative Cloud.

    Which versions of After Effects projects to you offer?
    We made the switch to Creative Cloud and now animate entirely in the 2014 release of After Effects. We provide a CC 2014 project, a 2013 project, and CS6 and CS5.5 when we can. We can’t always save down to previous versions if the project depends on a feature that’s only available in a newer version.

    When will you provide more AE files?
    We are currently working on making more After Effects projects available. As we roll this out, you will see AE files as an option for new Title Motions. We will be working on updating our library through the end of the year.

    Will only Title Motions have AE files?
    Yes. We will only be offering After Effects projects for Title Motions. If a Motion has text, it will have an After Effects file. Worship loops and Countdowns won’t have After Effects files as an option, but generally those designs have a similar Title Motion to download.

    Can I request an AE file for a design?
    Yes. We will soon have a "Request AE Project" link on the detail page for Title Motions that don’t currently have an After Effects project. This will help us work on the most requested designs first as we move through our entire library.

    If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to call or email us!

     

  • Content Update: Igniter Media Stills and Motions Move to Graceway

    We’re currently in the process of making some big changes to Graceway Media and our sister website Igniter Media. Starting today, you’ll notice something pretty amazing! We have moved Igniter Media's library of Stills and Motions over to Graceway.

    To see the full Igniter Media library, we've added a featured link to the top of the sidebar. From seasonal designs to announcement graphics, this huge infusion of creative media will help boost the number of options you have for presenting the Gospel.

    The best news is that whether you’re a Stills, Motions or Total Media member, you’ll be getting even MORE great content apart of your membership at no extra cost!

    See all the Igniter Stills and Motions

    What other changes are coming? We're glad you asked. We are working on a brand new website for Graceway releasing this fall. This new site will feature a beautiful experience whether you are searching for something specific or just browsing for ideas. We are also adding some new features that have been requested for a while, including After Effects projects and Multi-Screen Stills and Motions!

    We’re really grateful for the opportunity to support you in your ministry. Please let us know if you have any questions or how we may better serve you in the future.

  • Introducing Solomon Padilla

    On January 2, we added a creative designer to our team and we are excited to introduce him. His name is Solomon Padilla and he moved down to McKinney, TX from beautiful Colorado Springs, CO. I'm not sure how we got someone to move from Colorado, but we are glad we did. He and his wife Jessica are starting a new chapter in their life here and we are so thankful for that.

    Please welcome Solomon!

  • 2013: A Year In Review

    Another year has come to an end, but we want to share some of our successes with you. In fact, 2013 was our best year ever! And without you, our members, we couldn’t have done any of it. Thank you.

    New Motion Designer

    We hired the super-talented Timmy Allen all the way from West Palm Beach, Florida. He is a great addition to our RT family and we are truly blessed to have him. Rob Thomas had a brief interview with him on his first day.

    Website Updates

    We made some significant improvements both in design and performance to our website. Some of the changes were subtle or “under the hood” that make searching, downloading and loading images faster. We aren’t stopping, though. We are currently hard at work on a complete overhaul for 2014 and we are exited to share some news about this soon!

    A Record-Breaking Year

    2013 was an amazing year statistically speaking. We are honored to serve thousands of churches and ministries on a regular basis. We're proud to have customers in nearly every state across the U.S. in addition to providing service to those in 36 different nations! It's truly a blessing to help enhance the Gospel of Jesus Christ across the globe. Check out some of these cool stats below:

    More to Come in 2014

    As memorable as 2013 has been, we have even more in store for 2014 and can’t wait to share some of the exciting things to come. In the near future, we'll be launching Graceway 3.0 which will showcase a variety of really cool features. Stay tuned for more updates throughout 2014.

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