11 I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong—
12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.
Beginning in July, First Presbyterian will make a switch in database management, and that also means an exciting change in the way that our church family and staff can connect. The new system, Realm Connect, is designed to help our church family connect, communicate and build community. It can be used different ways. For people who want to use it on their smart phones, Realm Connect is a simple app, which can also be set up on their computers. For people who prefer to use their notebooks or computers, it’s a web page that connects them directly to others in the church. And for church staff, it’s a database and a communication tool.
“Realm Connect is going to simplify everything related to connecting and communicating,” said Membership Development Coordinator Lucy Caldwell. “We know that change can be challenging. But we’re going to provide plenty of support during this transition because we know it’s going to make it so much easier for us to keep up with church programs, events and each other.”
Realm Connect will include the church’s calendar, news from special interest groups such as committees, ministry teams, PW circles and more. You can manage your giving and pledging, as well as access the church directory easily on your phone or your home computer. Group messaging within your interest areas will also be simplified, creating a greater opportunity to communicate directly with members of your church family.
When Can We Get Started?
You can get started as soon as you receive your invitation! And you are welcome to come to the Welcome Center on July 28 and August 11, if you need help setting up the Realm Connect phone app. From 9:45-10:45 a.m. and from noon-12:30 p.m., volunteers will be on hand to walk you through the process.
We will send out invitations (by email) to all members who have email addresses. Realm Connect is specific to First Presbyterian Church in that the only people who have access are members and staff. This is for your privacy.
What do I need to know now?
This instruction form will walk you through the process.
You cannot access Realm without an invitation. This is for your safety and privacy.
Once you receive your invitation, you can visit the App Store and look for Realm Connect. Download the app to your phone.
If you are using a Notebook/iPad, you will use your browser to access Realm Connect, just the same as you would use it on your desktop computer. You can access the web-based version and log in here.
I have more questions
If you have any questions about Realm Connect, please read this FAQ. Watch this page for how-to information and for news throughout the summer about how to get plugged into Realm Connect for community and communication.