StrandVision Offers Free Digital Signage Software to House of Worship Organizations
StrandVision Digital Signage today announced that it is offering a free digital signage software system to churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship. Qualified House of Worship customers receive one Basic Digital Signage Software package for free. The Basic Package normally sells for $499.99 per year. The House of Worship offer is a full-license that is free for five years (over $2,499 value) solely for churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other public places of worship.
To hear more about StrandVision’s digital signage for your House of Worship, visit www.StrandVision.com or call 715-235-7446 (SIGN).
Worshippers’ digital distraction may not be all bad
Tyler Woolstenhulme might be loath to admit it, but sometimes he’s not paying attention in church. He will happily confess that he’s not the only one.
The 31-year-old Mormon has more than once sat in the pew of his congregation in Sandy, Utah, and let his mind wander. When that happens, he pulls out his iPhone and sometimes plays his puzzle game, “1to50.” Or maybe he texts his friends across the aisle.
“I take the time in church to catch up with people I haven’t contacted in a while,” he said. “I text friends or family.”
The thing is, he says, about half the congregation also is on phones and tablets during a sermon.
“I see people play games all the time. I’ve seen them watch football games,” he said about other congregants and their mobile devices.
For many bored churchgoers, fiddling with smartphones or computer tablets is the 21st-century equivalent of playing tic-tack-toe or dozing off during services.
It can be a problem particularly with younger members, the first generation to know no life without cellphones or social networks and with whom digital devices are “like an appendage to their body,” said Colleen Gudreau, spokeswoman for the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City. “They don’t see it in the same context as the adults do.”