The Church and Online Media

It’s been my day off today, so I have spent it doing most of the writing for the Church and Online Media training days. I still prefer the old title for it ‘Sacred Social Networking’, but at least it’s happening. I think it is about time the Church in Wales got to grips with online and social media! Our societies and communities are moving so fast, if we do not do something soon, we will match our stereotype in being backwards and old fashioned.

I spend a good part of lunchtime working my way through the Church in Wales Social Media Policy. A 13 page document which can be summed up by using the last page. It was interesting to see how media has moved on so fast since this document was written.

I am really looking forward to these days and just hope they are well attended. We need more churches and more good priest online and sharing the gospel to the ‘missing’ generations.

Links below to the forms that were sent around the clergy (and hopefully passed onto the congregations)

The Church and Online Media

Yr Eglwys a Chyfryngau Ar-lein

Curates Corner Jan 2013

Curates Corner

Firstly I would like to thank you all for being so generous with your sponsorship money for my Channel Swim. So far I have raised £525 and I still have a few pounds coming in, THANK YOU!

Secondly, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year.

I have always found New Year an odd time, where many stand with one foot in the past, and the other in the future. It is common practise to take up resolutions and to make a new start. Many find opportunity to start over and correct past wrongs, for others it is a time to take up something new and to better oneself, we make lists of things we will do, exercise more, learn a new skill, be nicer to others, and things we won’t do any longer, eat junk food, be lazy or rude and endeavour to stick to them for the year. But how many of the resolutions last? How many have we broken within the first few weeks of the year? And how do we feel about ourselves when this happens?

But why do we have to wait for New Year? Each and every day we have the opportunity for a new start, every moment of our lives is a fresh chance to start anew. This is because we have a God of love and compassion, of understanding and forgiveness.

‘If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’ 1 John 1:9

We have a God that will aid us to do good, and forgive us when we do wrong. We are also told that: So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!’ 2 Corinthians 5:17

Every day, every moment is an opportunity for a new start. A fresh start where the past can be left in the past, and our future can be assured with the hope that Christ brings.

What resolutions have you made this year? Have you kept them this far? If not, do not worry because every day is a fresh start, if you only take the opportunity.

It is never too late to take up a new resolution. This year resolve to learn more about God and his will for you.

‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness’. Lamentations 3:22-23