To listen or not to listen – Christians online

To listen or not to listen – Christians online

In the wake of the recent tragedies that have taken place around the world, it can be easy to want to retreat from the wider world. After all, if it wasn’t for the internet, we wouldn’t be aware of these awful things. By just turning off a switch and burying ourselves in a good book (I know of at least one that comes to mind!) we have the opportunity to completely detach ourselves from the greater conflicts that exist in our world. Is this a viable option for us, as good Christians?

Our congregation here is a small bird_goes_online-12114one. Ayl’s Ham, for those who don’t know, is a small village situated in the county of Worcestershire. The people who live in this village have all the amenities that they require. A huge variety of local produce, sold in our independent Village Shop, can keep them fed; whilst the Church and the Village provides them with the social interaction and discussion that all humans need. We have a local school, sports teams, book clubs and amateur dramatics society. If a few thousand people can happily subsist together in good camaraderie; is it necessary for us to taint our every day lives with the sad news of violence and hatred from remote corners of the globe? sschoolNow there are those in our country who have made a conscious decision to push out their hands, and reject the companionship of our fellow man. I will not get into international politics now, because this is not the place for it, but I will say my peace on the matter. The works of Jesus, and all the good deeds that we have read of in the Bible, come as a result of a coming together of people. Nothing is ever achieved by isolation or exile, we are all stronger together; regardless of race, religion or nationality. That is why I believe it is necessary for us to talk with the outside world.

We have the opportunity to reach out and help our fellow man. Whether its by consoling him through social networks, or organising a fund raising event to bring him a glass of water. If an opportunity to act in a Christian manner presents itself then it is our duty to do so. We cannot ignore the internet, and the opportunities that it presents. When we turn off our computers, the suffering and hatred that is fuelling the world’s conflicts does not die with it. So let’s start using the technology that we’ve been presented to become better Christians and help the world become a better place.

See you Sunday!

Jeremy…

Hello readers, true believers!

Hello readers, true believers!

Hello readers, true believers and parish members of Ayl’s Ham Parish Church, Worcestershire!

At last, thanks to the younger members of our flock, our church has been dragged kicking and screaming on to the internet! Better late than never, I suppose, and as our leader here I’m honoured to post the first of (hopefully) many posts. I’ll try and keep it relatively short and not make it too much like my Sunday Service, but as Bruce Willis says, old habits Die Hard!

kids-around-a-computerIts a little hard to draw parallels with what’s happening in the world of technology today and our friend Jesus’ stories, but I shall make an attempt nonetheless! What I believe the internet does, which Jesus would appreciate, is bring disparate groups of people together in safe, measured discussion. Even though we have wonderful ways to communicate via video chat, most people use some form of messaging or posting system; this gives us time to read and appreciate our partner’s message and formulate a response. Now, a lot could be said for negative uses of internet communication, but as this is a positive space I’m going to remain that way.

In real terms, having an online hub for the Parish will mean that topics of our Sunday and mid-week services can be posted in advance; giving you a chance to reflect on issues before they are discussed by our wonderful speakers. Any materials needed by our Sunday School students can be posted for download, so your little ones can best prepare for their weekly lessons. Of course, the church’s whole schedule for the year can be published, so you can plan ahead and make sure you don’t miss any of our big events!

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Ayl’s Ham’s internet presence can also help us get in contact with other churches within our wonderful county, as well as other establishments throughout our whole world. The sky really is the limit, and I’d like for us all to use this a jumping point to get in touch with our brothers and sisters from different countries and continents. In a year that has so far brought us plenty division, lets start fostering unity with our fellow man by using this new medium and spreading the love of Ayl’s Ham Parish Church!

See you Sunday!

Jeremy…