Creating an Account
From that point, there are three simple steps:
- Follow the prompts on the page. Input your email address and create a password (then confirm your password). Click the box that says, “I’m not a robot” and then click the blue ‘Register’ button.
- Check your email for instructions.
- Follow the instructions in the email and fill in the required fields to complete registration.
That’s it! You should now have an account in Realm. If you have any questions, please contact the church office at 704-279-6676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first thing you will see when you log into Realm is your newsfeed. This is where you will see the latest posts from your group(s), events and/or photos. If you navigate away from this page and wish to go back, simply click “News” from the main menu.
To view your profile, click your name at the top right, then click “My Profile.” This will take you to your profile page. From here you are able to edit your profile or manage your privacy.
Your listing in Realm (name, primary phone number, primary email, mailing address and photo) is viewable by all RCA attenders with a Realm account. (No, your profile will NOT be viewable outside of Realm.) This means that Realm is our online digital directory for all church members and regular attenders!
However, if you wish to make your profile private, you may do so. To change your privacy settings, just follow the steps below:
- Click your first name (located at the top right corner of the page if viewing from a web browser on a desktop computer).
- Click on the link, ‘Manage Privacy.’
- You’re now able to edit your privacy settings.
- Select the privacy setting that you’re most comfortable with.
- Click “Save.”
Children’s Photos & Profiles
By default, children’s photos & profile information are hidden from the congregation. However, teachers and group leaders will be able to see a child’s photo but not necessarily their profile information — that privacy setting is up to you to change. Once a child becomes an adult, their photo and contact information will be viewable by the congregation (unless they edit their privacy settings to remain hidden).
Each Realm user has control over their notification settings and it is up to the individual to choose to receive a notification. Leaders can view notification settings for each member in a group. This helps you know how members receive notifications for messages and posts. Leaders, you may want to ask your group members to turn their notifications ‘ON’ if you plan to post or send messages to your group.
To Edit Your Notification Settings
- Click your name (located at the top right corner), and select “Email Settings.”
- Change your settings as needed.
Understanding Groups in Realm
Groups are important to the fabric of RCA Church. Connect Groups, specifically, are groups that we encourage all RCA members and regular attenders to participate in. They’re not only great for Bible study and fellowship, but it’s where many of us form lifelong bonds with our fellow believers. Being involved in a Connect Group makes a large church family feel more intimate and personal.
Connect Groups aren’t the only groups that can be found in Realm. We have several ministry-specific and service-focused groups, too. If there’s a group that piques your interest, please contact the Group Leader to make an inquiry or email the office at email@example.com.
To See Your Groups
- Click ‘Groups’ from the main menu. The groups you are a member of will drop-down; click on the group that you wish to view.
- To see who is in your groups, click the Participants tab.
To Find a Group
Using the menu on the far left, click ‘Groups’ and then click ‘Find Groups’ (if you are already a member of a group, ‘Find Groups’ will be located at the bottom of your groups listing). At this point you will be asked what type of group you are looking for, such as class, community, service, etc.
If you find a group that you are interested in joining, click on the name of that group and then click on the button, “Join Group.” A request will be sent to the group leader(s) who will get back to you as soon as they can.
PRO TIP: Your News feed and Message feed will have all the current posts, files, images and messages posted to your group. Be sure to log into Realm daily to check for updates. Better yet, make sure you have your notifications turned ‘ON’ so that you will get an email or push notification on your smart phone whenever a new post or message is made!