Hello and welcome to this early experimental community site for St Mary's. As we explain in some of the short articles below, it could be used to do all sorts, but we'd like to get the basics right first.
If you only do three things...
Thank you in advance! We'll keep everyone updated, but please do say if you or any key members of your homegroups would like to be part of a small 'website development team', which might be a useful thing to have.
John and Sean
I find it difficult to imagine engaging with God through the Bible without holding a book or of sharing my faith without meeting people face to face. But I also know that the world is communicating in new and exciting ways and that if I am not to be left behind then I need to learn the language of “social networking”.
The good news of Jesus has been passed on for the last 2000 years. Originally it was in oral form, it was then written down by hand on scrolls and in books. With the invention of the press it became printed. We are now entering its digitisation where it will be available at the press of a button or the touch of a screen.
Some churches exist entirely as Internet churches. St Pixels, for example, is a stand-alone Internet church with 2000 members, one in three of whom regard St Pixels as their major or only contact with formal Christianity. I’m not advocating that we go this far [at least not yet!] but I do see that a social network will enhance our work as homegroup leaders at St Mary’s. With this in mind, Sean Fishpool has set up a site that we intend to launch at the meeting already arranged at my house this coming Saturday at 9.00 am. I know several of you can’t make the meeting but we will arrange to catch up with you later.
This is more than setting up a web site to facilitate our own internal communications: it opens up the possibility of sharing the gospel in a culturally relevant way.
Food for thought. Facebook alone has more than 350m users, 2.3m them are in Britain. If facebook were a country it would be the third most populated place just behind the USA.
Here are some thoughts about the ideas behind this website.
What the site is...
What the site isn't...
What do you think?
Does that sound like an okay plan? And what would you most like this site to be?
Please do click the 'add comment' link at the top of the article and let us know
The homepage normally contains a summary of what's new around the site (see Activities, below), and maybe some kind of brief introduction.
We've also added a News & Announcements section for now
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