Website Lesson for Worker Bees
Hello Starr King Worker Bees!
Before we start, please be aware that links in this website are colored dark blue, and don’t stand out very well from the black type. For example, in the next paragraph “go to this mini-lesson” is a link. We wish links were a little more obvious, but we can’t fix it, so you have to look sort of hard to see them.
One other thing: you need to be comfortable switching back and forth between tabs. If you’re not, please go to this mini-lesson.
Now let’s get started.
Open the HOME PAGE now, then switch back to this tab to keep reading.
The Home Page is directed squarely at the public at large, but pieces of it can be very handy for members. When you look at the Home Page you can’t miss the orange box with a summary of the Next Service and the list of upcoming Events at the bottom. Now switch to the Home tab, and click on an event. Then use your back arrow to return to the Home Page. (The back arrow is probably in the upper left of your screen, just under the tabs.) Then switch back back to this tab.
By clicking on an event you should have found the time, place, and a complete description of the event, including any necessary registration form. You can always use the Home Page to find out about upcoming events and the next service. Next you’ll learn about other handy “widgets” on the Home Page that also appear on all the website pages.
ON EVERY PAGE INCLUDING HOME:
HEADINGS: Every page including Home has seven Headings: Home, About, News, Worship, Learning, Justice, and Connection.
To use a Heading, click on it to see its menu, then move down the menu to the item you want and click on it. For practice, now switch back to Home, click on CONNECTION, go down its menu to click on Network, look to see what’s on that page if you haven’t already, and then switch back here.
The Network page tells you how to make use of all our communication channels except actually talking face to face. From ChurchDB you can even get mailing addresses for snail mail!
For more practice, switch back to the other tab, click on CONNECTION, open Volunteer, look at it if you haven’t already, click on any group that interests you, then come back here. These are the pages I hope you will help me keep accurate.
The Headings work the same on all the pages. More on headings later.
TOP LINKS: At the top right corner of every page are five useful Top Links which are pretty self-explanatory.
Switch back to the other tab and check them all out, then return. You will see that these “widgets” can indeed be useful. Try to remember that they exist; they’re easy to forget. Unfortunately, SEARCH and DIRECTIONS don’t work from all pages, including this one; it’s a glitch we can’t fix. But they work from many, and always work from the Home Page.
BOTTOM LINKS: At the very bottom of every page are some links in white on purple.
You can ignore most of these Bottom Links, but one is very useful: the link to ChurchDB, the church database. You can use ChurchDB to find phone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses of other members. You can also look at your pledge information, and update your own email address, phone number, and street address. And if you want, you can print out a complete Directory. To use ChurchDB you have to register, which is very easy if your email address is up to date. How to register and use ChurchDB.
ORANGE LINKS: Also near the bottom of every page are some links in orange on purple. Look at the photo above to see them. One is useful if you use Amazon. When anyone uses the church link to order from Amazon it provides a significant contribution to the church at no cost to the buyer. Learn more. The link says “GO TO AMAZON to Donate to Starr King UU Church.” It’s near the bottom of every page, in orange type under “Join Our Mailing List.”
To see what happens, switch back to the other tab to click on the ChurchDB link and the GO TO AMAZON link, then switch back to here. If you get stuck on a tab, close it by clicking on the X on the tab.
You’re done with the hardest part. All that remains is the contents of the other six Headings, and only the first one is long.
ABOUT: ABOUT has a LOT of information about the church. Switch back to the other tab one more time (or click Home if you lost the tab), click on ABOUT, open Our Elected Leaders, then return.
Our Elected Leaders is useful if you can’t remember who’s on the Board this year, but it’s even more useful if you want to know what the Board has been doing, or what happened at last year’s Annual Meeting. At the bottom of the Elected Leaders page is a link to Board Meeting Minutes. Switch back and click on it, then keep clicking to access some minutes. You can access minutes since 2009 this way.
Now that you’re more or less accustomed to working with the headings, for this last part I’ll give you links that open up the pages instead of having you switch back and forth between tabs. Close the extra tabs before they get out of hand.
Another useful page you can find under ABOUT is Church Documents. It provides links to all our “official” digital documents, including our Bylaws, Policies and Procedures, useful hints and guidelines, and Resolutions. Click on a few. You can also reach the Board Minutes from this page.
At the bottom of the Church Documents page is a link to Document Locations. That page also includes physical locations of hard copy documents, such as the church deed, insurance documents, blueprints, and archival materials.
Other pages under ABOUT attempt to describe things about us, such as Our Beliefs. If you read such pages and don’t agree with what you see, please let me know (contact info below). I’m only a writer, without any particular expertise. This site is supposed to represent all of us; I need your help to make that be true.
There’s more on ABOUT than you can see from the menu that comes up when you click on the ABOUT tab. If you open any page under ABOUT, like Our Beliefs, the left hand column shows a longer menu. Switch to the other tab to see the short menu and also look at the longer menu. I hope you’ll click on anything that interests you.
One last thing under ABOUT: I urge you to look at some of the Testimonials, and consider submitting one of your own along with a photo you like. Testimonials pop up on Home, and are important in attracting new members. I also invite you to add your credo to the others on the website, with the date you wrote it. Credos are reached from Testimonials.
NEWS: Unlike the other tabs, the NEWS heading is directed mostly at members. Its menu has just four items: News items, upcoming Events (again), and all the issues of the Chalice, at Newsletter. If your committee ever wants to let the congregation know what you’ve been up to, send your “News” to me. If you’re considering creating a church event, you can find perhaps too much help in one of our church documents, Planning an Event. You can find that from the Church Documents page.
WORSHIP: Most items under the WORSHIP heading are aimed at the public at large, but this is where you can find descriptions of Upcoming Services and Podcasts of past services. You might enjoy reading some of the other pages under WORSHIP–or not. If you don’t like what you read, let me know.
LEARNING and JUSTICE: Once again, the menu items under these headings are aimed primarily at the public at large. However, I urge members not already involved in these areas to explore Learning Overview and Justice Overview.
And that’s it. Now you’re an expert! Consider bookmarking Home on your computer and smart phone; the website works well on both, and bookmarking is the easiest way to get back to the website. You can also always find our website by Googling Starr King UU Church Hayward, or by entering our URL: starrking.org.
Finally, to repeat: If you have comments, suggestions, or questions, please contact me. My email address is email@example.com; my phone number is 510-861-0687. I do respond to texts. (I also welcome face to face conversations!)