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    The Beginner's Guide To Running Lyrics For Worship

    60 years ago, it was a hymnal. 30 years ago, it was an overhead projector. Today, things have changed a bit. What used to literally be in the hands of the congregant, has migrated in responsibility, and complexity, into the hands of a single individual: the lyrics guy. 

    It's a role not to be taken lightly, so we put together a checklist of things to keep in mind for a beginner--or really anyone--interested in running lyrics. Here we go:

    #1. Familiarize yourself with the songs ahead of time.

    The songs aren't (or shouldn't be) picked at rehearsal. If you aren't already, ask to be notified with the band when the setlist is finalized and shared. A few things to think about when you're listening are:

    • What's the flow of the song? How many verses, choruses, bridges, instrumentals, etc?
    • What's the feel of the song? Is it energetic or mellow? 
    • How fast are the lyrics sung?

    #2. Prep your slides ahead of time.

    Chances are you don't have your church's presentation software on your personal computer. But you can put a PowerPoint presentation or a text file on a thumb drive and copy it over when you get there.

    #3. Proofread.

    It's pretty amazing how often I see slides with spelling or grammatical errors. Mistakes happen, but you can catch them if you're intentional about it.

    #4. Know your presentation software.

    Sometimes the worst case scenario happens. You should be ready for it. There's a lot more to these apps than just tapping an arrow key to progress to the next slide. Watch Youtube tutorials. Visit the developer's site. Take some time outside of services and rehearsal to explore it a little bit. You will almost definitely figure out some things that will make things easier for you and make your presentations better.

    #5. Clean your machine.

    The last thing you want when the service starts is for notifications to start dinging. Or worse, for your computer to freeze. 

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    Free Easter Graphics

    Looking for free church graphics this Easter season? You've come to the right place!

    24 Free Easter Graphics

    Get immediate access to download 24 free still and motion graphics from Graceway Media that include the following:

    • Sermon Titles - designs that can be used during the teaching portion of your worship service.
    • Announcements & Events - a variety of themed sets and stand-alone designs to use before and after your service.
    • Worship Backgrounds - graphics that can be used as the background for the lyrics to your worship songs.
    • Countdowns - five-minute motion videos to be used as the lead-in to your service.
    • Multiscreens - designs created specifically for triple-wide and environmental projection.

    When you sign up for a free account, you can download the Photoshop files, PowerPoint files, After Effects files, JPGs, 1080p HD MOVs, and MPEGs from the 24 free designs at this link. They're our gift to you!

    How To Download Your Free Graphics

    1. Explore our free designs available for download at this link.
    2. Sign up for a free account on that page, or do it directly here.
    3. Start downloading!

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    A Few Things You Might Not Know About Graceway Media

    When you consider our library of over 12,000 graphics, it’s no surprise why thousands of churches use Graceway to fill their design needs. But there are a few things our “power users” have figured out that make their memberships even more valuable.

    Click Here to learn more about memberships.

    See a visual you really like, or a sermon title that almost says what you want it to say? Download the Photoshop (or After Effects) project files and tweak away. For Unlimited or Graceway + Igniter users only.


    Scared of Photoshop? Or maybe you just have more important things to spend your time on? We have a team of designers that can tweak the text on any of our stills or motions so you don’t have to.

    Just click the “Retitle” button on the design’s detail page and let us know what you want to change. Available to any paid member via the purchase of credits. (Unlimited and Graceway + Igniter memberships include 5 credits to start).



    A Graceway membership can help you beautify your screens, but even if you’re not a member, we can also help you beautify your church’s physical space! We can turn any of our designs (or your designs, for that matter) into a banner. These are our most popular banner formats:

    Prices start at $64, which includes a “retitle” of the banner text, and again ANYONE can order a banner (even if you’re not a member)! But if you become a member, you can get 10% off your banner order when you mention code BANNER10.

    These are just a few of the add-on benefits of membership. One of our members said it best: “It's like having a full time graphics artist on staff for $399 a year.” 

    So what are you waiting for?

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    3 Most Popular Ways to Use Graceway Designs

    There’s plenty of ways to use Graceway designs to add color, creativity, and consistency to your worship services. Read on to find three of the most popular ways people use Graceway designs. 

    1. In Your Worship Services

    Whatever your design needs may be, we have still and motion graphics to compliment your service. Our files are fully compatible with whatever type of presentation software you may have, so you’ll have no problem plugging them in and getting things rolling. Additionally, if you have a more advanced stage set-up, we now offer a variety of great multiscreen designs.

    Sermon Titles

    Use sermon titles during the teaching segment of your service. We currently have a growing library of 4,500+ sermon titles, each featuring multiple layouts and variations, giving you tons of flexibility.

    Here are a few examples of our more than 4,500 sermon title designs:

     

    Announcements and Events

    Available as both stills and motions, these designs are a great way to call attention to upcoming events before, during and after your service:

    Worship Backgrounds

    Available as both stills and motions, worship backgrounds are a great way to add movement and color behind the lyrics of your praise and worship songs.

    Countdowns

    Build anticipation for the start of your service with a countdown motion. With more than 300 countdowns available, we've got plenty of options for you to find the style that would work best for your church. 

     

    2. In Print

    Check out just some of the ways you can use Graceway designs in print: 

    Photoshop

    If you’re the do-it-yourself type, we offer Photoshop file downloads so you can alter the dimensions and layout of a design. With our PSDs, transform a sermon title or announcement design into a bulletin shell, flyer, or other smaller-sized print item. Photoshop files are available for download with most Graceway still designs.

    Retitle Service

    If you don’t have Photoshop or just don’t have the time, we have a great retitling service where we will change the text on any design for you. Read more about our retitle service here.

    Banner Printing

    Any design can be turned into a printed banner that we will deliver straight to your doorstep! Read more about our banner printing service here.

    3. Social Media

    Need some inspiration for your church's social media accounts? Keep your followers updated by posting your latest sermon series or upcoming announcements and events with Graceway designs. Here’s an example of how to post a Graceway design in a social media post:

     

    Do you have a favorite way to use Graceway designs that isn't listed here? Leave a comment at the bottom of the blog. We’d love to know!

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    Graceway's Best Kept Secret

    What is retitling?

    Did you know you can personalize the title or subtitle text on any Graceway design?

    Retitling designs will open a whole new level of possibility for your church services. If you’ve never retitled a design before, you should definitely give it a try! Whenever you sign up for the Graceway Unlimited Membership or Graceway + Igniter Membership, you receive 5 complimentary Design Credits (a $25 value). Once logged in to your Graceway account, you can view your total number of available credits here.

     

    New retitling features

    With the recent update to the Graceway website, retitling is easier than ever before and now includes additional, new features. Retitles can now be ordered in Standard (4:3), Widescreen (16:9), or both sizes!

    How do I retitle a design?

    Retitling can be done in just three easy steps. Here’s how:

    How much does it cost?

    Design Credits are only $5 each. And remember, whenever you buy Design Credits in volume, you can receive free bonus credits as seen in the chart below!


     

    What is the turnaround time?

    Stills
    1 Design Credit = 2 Business Days
    2 Design Credits = Next Business Day
    4 Design Credits = Same Day (order must be submitted by 3pm CST)

    Motions
    20 Design Credits = 5-7 business days

    Where can I buy credits?

    Once you sign into your Graceway account, you can buy credits here. Or, hover over your name in the upper right-hand corner of the page. Then, click, “Retitle Orders,” from the dropdown menu. From there, you can purchase as many Design Credits as you need.

    How do I access my completed order?

    The moment your retitle is completed, you will receive an email notification that contains instructions for downloading. You can always access your completed retitle orders by clicking the "Retitle Orders" link in the dropdown menu under, “My Account.”

    Get started today!

    Now that you know about retitling, jump in and retitle a design today!

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