Joining the Realm

Realm Login

Realm brings our church community online, so that we can stay in contact throughout the week. You can manage your personal and contact information, donate, see your giving history, and connect easily with others in the congregation—all from a computer or mobile device. A private environment only for our church, Realm requires each user to log in with an email address and a password.

Realm was introduced at NPC in September 2018. To be included in the NPC directory, you need to (1) activate your profile, (2) upload of photo of yourself, and (3) opt to share your information.  Here’s what to do:

Before you start:

  • For those who like to use apps: DO NOT download the app until you have created your Realm account on the Internet using a valid web browser (more info below). 
  •  FYI –
    • You do NOT need to remember an old password. You may reset it.
    • Your Sign-in is the email address you gave the church.
    • If you share an email address with spouse or family, only one of you can log on at one time.
  • Check your browser:
    • Best browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge
    • Realm does not work on Internet Explorer
  • You may receive an email invitation to join Realm, or you may not. Please check your Inbox and your SPAM folder for an email from Northminster Presbyterian Church. Then follow instructions below (in Step 1–Scenario 1 if you receive an invitation, & Scenario 2 if not).

Step 1: Activate your Profile 

Scenario 1: If you have received an email invitation:

  1. Open the invitation. It will take you to the set-up screen.
  2. On the SIGN-IN screen, input your email address.
  3. Create a password.

Scenario 2: If you have not received an email invitation (it means you already have an account. No need to remember passwords, just follow the instructions below):

  1. Go to www.onrealm.org.
  2. On the SIGN-IN screen, input your email address.
  3. You may either:
    • Enter the password you have used for a former account or
    • Click on “Forgot your password?” and create a new one.

Step 2: Log in to Realm

After you have activated your profile, you can log in to Realm from this page. Click the Realm login button and enter your email address and the password you created.

Step 3: Check Your Contact Information and Privacy Settings

After you have logged in, click on the arrow next to your name in the upper right corner of your profile screen. Select “My Profile” to check the information about you and your privacy settings. Click on “Edit Profile” to change your contact information.

To see your privacy settings, click on “Manage Privacy.” We urge everyone over 18 to choose “Everyone in our church.” Other Realm users in the church will be able to see your email and home address, phone number, birthday (month and day, not year), marital status, and the names of members of your household. Your information will be visible in the directory by selecting “Everyone in our church” &, if an option, “Opt in to Online Directory.” If you prefer to keep certain information private, you can choose one of the other options.

To comply with our Child/Youth Protection Policy, privacy settings for children and youth under 18 are set to “Only the Church Staff.” Parents, please do not change these settings for your children.

Step 4: Upload a Photo of Yourself

Connecting a name with a face helps us get to know each other. Please add a headshot that shows your face clearly. The minimum photo dimension is 172 pixels per square inch x 172 pixels per square inch (Most photos have larger dimensions than this minimum). To upload a photo from your computer, click on the circle containing your initials.

To include a family photo and appear in the directory, email Jan Copeland ([email protected]) with the digital photo attached. Jan will upload this to be your Family picture, and it will appear in the directory.

Step 5: If You Use a Smartphone or Tablet, Get the Realm App

After you have activated your profile, you can use Realm on your smartphone or tablet. Download app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store by searching for “Connect – Our Church Community” from ACS Technologies.

  • How does Realm work?

Profiles: Your profile is your starting point. It contains your contact information, household members, email preferences, giving history, groups you belong to, and more.
Giving: You can pledge, contribute, and see your giving history through your profile.
Groups: When you activate your profile, you are automatically part of a group called Northminster Presbyterian Church. We will do more with Groups as we get more familiar with the Realm.

  • How do I get started with Realm?

Follow the instructions on the ‘Joining the Realm’ tab on this page.

  • I didn’t receive an email invitation. What do I do?

If you did not receive an email invitation and you know you have a valid email address on file with the church, first please check your spam/junk folder. If the email invitation isn’t there, please contact the church office.  Also, please check Step 1’s Scenario 2 under the ‘Joining the Realm’ tab.

If you did not receive an email invitation and you don’t have an email address on file with the church, contact the office by sending an email to [email protected] or by calling Jan Copeland (770-998-1482 during business hours).

  • How do I get to Realm on my computer?

You must first activate your profile. After you have activated your profile, go to Realm through the NPC website or go directly to http://onrealm.org. Then click on the login button and enter your email address and password.

  • Is there a mobile app for smartphones and tablets?

Yes, you must first activate your profile on a computer before using the app. To download the iOS or Android app, search for “Realm Connect.” The full name of the app is “Connect – Our Church Community” from ACS Technologies.

  • What about privacy? Who can see my personal and contact information? Who can see my children’s personal information?

Realm is a private, password-protected system for members of our church community only.

To check your privacy settings, Depending on the privacy settings you choose, other Realm users in the church will be able to see your email address, phone number, mailing address, birthday (month and day), marital status, groups, and household members.

To be included in NPC’s online and printed directories, you must opt-in as follows: 

To check your privacy settings, click on the arrow next to your name in the upper right corner of your screen (or “More” in the app). Then click on “Manage Privacy.” We urge everyone over 18 to choose “Everyone in our church.” Other Realm users in the church will be able to see your email and home address, phone number, birthday (month and day, not year), marital status, and the names of members of your household. If you prefer to keep certain information private, you can choose one of the other options.

To comply with our Child/Youth Protection Policy, privacy settings for children and youth under 18 are set to “Only the church staff.” Parents, please do not change these settings for your children.

  • Can I make changes to my personal and contact information?

Yes! We encourage everyone to update their profiles. Please update your preferred phone number– for most, this will be your cell phone number. To see your personal and contact information, click on the arrow next to your name in the upper right corner of your screen (or “More” in the app). Select “My Profile” to check the information about you. Click on “Edit Profile” to change any of this information.

  • Should I upload a photo to my profile?

Yes, please! It’s helpful to connect names and faces. Headshots are best! To upload a photo from your computer, click on the circle containing your initials.

  • Does Realm replace the church website?

No. The church website is the church’s public and welcoming online presence to people who may be unfamiliar with our church. The church website will continue to provide key information about church programs, while the Realm is for church members only.

  • Can I make a pledge or donate to the church online? Can I see what I’ve given?

Yes. You can donate through the church website, the Realm website, and Realm app. To see your giving history, you must log in to Realm.

 

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