Here are some backgrounds we created for Christmas Day this year. Click the pictures to see and download the full collection via Dropbox. There is a blank slide that you can customize with whatever you’d like as well as slides for each of the majors parts in our service. If there’s a slide missing that you’d like to see added, drop me a comment and I’ll see what I can do to get it added in.
Here are some backgrounds we created for Lessons and Carols this year. Click the pictures to see and download the full collection via Dropbox. There is a blank slide that you can customize with whatever you’d like. There are also slides for each of the majors parts in our service. If there’s a slide missing that you’d like to see added, drop me a comment and I’ll see what I can do to get it added in.
One of the things I’ve been working on is developing some consistent looks throughout our ministries that reflect our story. Eventually, I’d like all of our graphics to have similar themes and follow some consistent design guidelines, but still be tailored for a particular ministry area. Lately, I’ve been working on bringing that consistent look to Everyday Faith.
Everyday Faith is a ministry that walks alongside families, marking spiritual milestones and helping families connect with God’s Word along the way. There are programs from birth through High School graduation that happen. This quarter, the “My Bible” event is running for students in grades 3 and 4 and their parents. They’ll gather around the Bible and learn how to grow closer together with God. We decided it was time to update the PowerPoint slides for Everyday Faith, so we created a new look to complement our existing designs:
Typically, we try to reserve the bottom 20-25% of a slide for artwork and the remaining 75-80% for content related to the ministry. Much like our worship slides, the logo is in the bottom left corner. We’d actually be able to use this slide in worship and not make any changes to our existing slides beyond the background switch. We simplified the Everyday Faith logo in the bottom right to use the same font as our Kingdom Quest ministry, our primary Children’s Ministry program.
It was important for the graphics to include life, energy and motion. These are key concepts critical to spiritual development and children’s ministry, so we wanted to convey them visually. The children jumping did a nice job of bringing in those elements. We’ll also be able to expand on this slide as needed for the other stages of Everyday Faith. Parents holding a baby can replace the jumping children for the Baby Blessing Event. High School students can be swapped in for the High School Graduation Event.
I’ll post another set of graphics later this week with our updated table tents for the event that use the Kingdom Quest images (with one replacement).
Definitely closer to the nerd side, but I just finished updating an old PowerPoint lesson for Cornerstone tonight. I always knew that Excel had a “Format Painter” button, and I’ve enjoyed using it, but I never even thought that PowerPoint would have it too. It’s perfect for quickly updating a ton of slides that should have the same formatting.
As a keyboard computer user (as opposed to the mousers and menu-lovers), I’m always looking for the shortcut key for these cool things. Format Painter has two: Control+Shift+C to copy and Control+Shift+V to paste. Check out lots more shortcut keys for Microsoft products.
I am the husband of one and father of three. I work at First Trinity, where I help facilitate worship planning, guide our communications process and minister to Middle School students.
I also dabble in writing online and building websites.