Free Church Countdown Timer

We used this as countdown timer before we start our praise and worship. Donate bitcoin for church our church building 3JBDDKVokpJGE6RiKHprHzrwWF. This gorgeous 5-minute church countdown timer features a bold, stylish timer filled with color. The backdrop features vibrant brush strokes of teal, orange and pink, while a modern soundtrack brings plenty of energy, perfect for Easter!

[UPDATE 2/21/09]
I’ve made some changes to the timer. Here is the updated version. You can download the flash file here: Stage Countdown Timer.

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Earlier this year I was trying to figure out how to get a countdown clock setup for Barry, the preacher at our church. I did a lot of searching around trying to find a software program or an inexpensive decent clock. The best ideas I could find were using a clock that we use for our children’s basketball league. I didn’t really like that idea, but it was the best idea we could come up with.

Since necessity is the mother of creativity I decided I needed to make the countdown clock myself. I already had a program called SwishMax, which is basically a Flash animation program. I did some searching on some forums, made quite a few unsuccessful attempts, but finally was able to get the clock to do everything we were looking for. It’s a simple Flash animation that we run on an old laptop in the back of the Worship Center hooked up to an LCD monitor sitting on the front pew that only the people on stage can see. There are buttons to set the clock to different times. It also changes color to yellow when there are three minutes left, red with under a minute, and flashes at 30 seconds until zero.

It’s been helpful. I’ve uploaded it and you are free to download it and use it however you please. If you already have SwishMax you can download the swi file to edit the clock if you want.

Download Flash file (swf): Countdown timer
Download Swish file (requires Swish program): Countdown timer (original file)

Here is a mini-preview of the clock:

If you’ve never used countdowns in your church, I highly recommend it. For one thing, they are an easy way to communicate with the congregants the start time of the service. Secondly, and possibly more important, they help the leader start on time. If you’re looking to add countdowns to your media library, be aware that there are many different kinds of countdown videos with a variety of timings available (1 minute, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes and so on). One of the problems you will encounter when using these countdown videos is that you have to start them at exactly the right time depending on how long it takes to count down. You also have to show the whole video instead of your announcements or whatever else you’re displaying.

With EasyWorship, there is a way to create a countdown clock that will count down to a specific time and display in front of anything you already have showing to the audience. As a tech tip, I’ll walk you through creating a countdown timer that you can use every service that will count down to your exact service start time.

Follow the steps below to create your own custom countdown in EasyWorship. Griffin mac pnp manual.

  1. Click Edit > Options
  2. Click Service Intervals on the left
  3. Add a Service Start and Stop time (these are 24 hour clocks. For example, if your service starts at 7pm, enter 19:00)
  4. Click OK
  5. Click the Alerts button on the EasyWorship toolbar
  6. Click Message Alert
  7. Click Create/Edit Alert Template
  8. Click the Plus button in the bottom left corner to start a new Alert
  9. Type in a name
  10. Click the Tokens button
  11. Click Add
  12. Create a token name and select ‘countdown to Service Start’ next to Type
  13. Click OK
  14. Click the Tokens button and drag and drop your token to the text area
  15. You can add text if you want (for example: Service will start in “Token”) or just add the token to only display the countdown time
  16. Change the Display Method to ‘Static’ if you want it static and to ‘Scrolling’ if you want it to scroll across the screen
  17. Change the Display Count to ‘Until Token Expiration’
  18. Click the dropdown next to Token Name and select the token you’re using
  19. Click OK
  20. Click Close

If you would like to change the message alert options, like the background color, location and font, you can do so in the Edit > Options > Alerts > Message Alert Options.

When you select the Alerts button on the toolbar and go to Message Alert and select your countdown timer, it will now display on the screen and countdown to the Service start time you entered in the Service Intervals.


Free Church Countdown Timer Download

There are other varieties of timers and text you can create in the message alert templates. My advice would be to experiment with it and create some different templates and tokens to use.