The Internet isn't just a tool to find sites looking at overall religious denominations, beliefs, news and issues. Local churchgoers can find addresses for nearby churches, events calendars and service times on the Web as well.
This article is a sampling of Top of Utah church websites. Following articles will look at other sites. If your site isn't included here, you can email links to firstname.lastname@example.org for future consideration.
* The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offers links to local information from lds.org. You can register for the sites by entering your membership number and birthday. Membership numbers can be found on temple recommends or from your ward clerk. There is also a link where those who aren't members can register.
After signing in, you can find a directory of your ward or stake. You can also get a map of your ward and a meetinghouse locator. Lesson schedules, events calendars and additional information may be available, but the thoroughness of that information varies from ward to ward and stake to stake.
* Alpine Church, a nondenominational Christian church, has information at alpinechurch.org about its meeting places and service times in Riverdale, West Haven, Layton, Brigham City and Logan.
At the site, you can watch a three-minute daily devotional and past sermons, with series about "I believe in God, but ... an investigation of faith and doubt" and "Miracles: How Jesus changes everything."
* Clearfield Community Church has kept its website humming despite a March fire that severely damaged its facility.
The home page at clearfieldcommunitychurch.org has a letter from Pastor John Parsley thanking the community for its response to the blaze.
The church, affiliated with American Baptist Churches, USA, traces its roots to 1945 and is meeting for the time being at Wasatch Elementary School, 270 E Center St., Clearfield.
* The Heights Community Church, with campuses in South Ogden and Bountiful and a Hispanic one in Ogden, offers a lot of information on its site, theheightscommunity.org, including videos of sermons, staff information and events calendars.
It has mission applications for those interested in going to Japan or Italy. It also has videos on recent sermons, including one called "iStruggle." The logo has an apple with a bite out of it.
* Canyon Road Assembly of God Church in Ogden has a catchy home page inviting people to join one of six life groups. For example, canyonroadag.org lists a Love, Marriage and Stinking Thinking Life Group and an Opening Gates of Heaven Life Group, to name two of the six. The site also shares photos from its Trunk or Treat outreach event and a missionary trip to Mexico.
* Four of the Catholic parishes in the area have distinct websites.
Holy Family Catholic Church has a picturesque lead page with a picture of its church with the mountains in the background. Once you enter the site, hfutah.net, there is detailed information on such items as music, youth events and calendars, to name a few. There is also a welcome from the Rev. Patrick Elliott.
St. Mary Catholic Church in West Haven also packs in a lot of information at stmarysutah.org. For example, you can learn about the Boy Scout fundraiser, the 2013 men's retreat and see photos from past events at the parish.
St. James Catholic Church in Ogden is planning a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in June, and you can read about the trip as part of its site, stjosephcatholic.org. The site has calendars and other information, including information about its preschool.
St. Joseph Catholic Church in downtown Ogden has a lot of information at www.stjosephogden.parishesonline.com. You can find PDFs of three-plus years of weekly newsletters. There are a lot of paths on the site for calendars, church schedules and volunteer leaders within the parish.
NEXT TIME: This series of stories about online efforts of religious groups will look at church-related apps you might want to download for your phone or tablet.