O come all ye tweetful

Huffington Post notes that “the country’s senior bishops are set to tweet their Christmas Day sermons for the first time this year in a Christmas Tweet campaign”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams (@lambethpalace), the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu (@johnsentamu) and Archbishop Designate Justin Welby (@bishopofdurham) will also be joined by congregations and clergy from across the Church of England (@c_of_e).

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, churchgoers in the 16,000 parishes of the Church of England are being encouraged to live tweet the joy and meaning of Christmas to the 10 million UK Twitter users.

The Rev Arun Arora (@RevArun), director of communications at the Archbishops’ Council, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for parishes to take the good news of the first Christmas out of churches and into people’s lives and homes.”

What do you think? Will you be tweeting your sermon or experience of church on Christmas eve?

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5 Comments
  1. Paul Powers

    I have mixed feelings about it. I love the idea of using twitter and other social media to spread the Gospel. I’m not too wild about the image of a congregation full of people taking out their iPhones, iPads, etc., to tweet their way through the service.

  2. Paul Powers

    I have mixed feelings about it. I love the idea of using twitter and other social media to spread the Gospel. I’m not too wild about the image of a congregation full of people taking out their iPhones, iPads, etc., to tweet their way through the service.

  3. Derek Olsen

    As one who taught preaching for several years, it’s probably better for my relationships with the preachers if I don’t… :-D

  4. Bill Dilworth

    I’m of mixed feelings about it. Not only have I tried tweeting during services for our parish account, but I have lots of liturgical and devotional texts on my iPhone that I sometimes use during services. I feel very self-conscious about using it at Mass (but then again I’m socially awkward in general), and am afraid that others will think I’m being irreverent or distracted. Not everyone’s first thought at seeing someone fiddling with an iPhone in church is, “Oh, they must have the Imitation of Christ on Kindle!” or that they are doing iEvangelism. And it’s not so much that I don’t want people to think bad things about me (“WTF? Is he ordering a pizza? He should be praying!”) as that I don’t want my actions to be a distraction for them.

    And sometimes I have found myself distracted, just as I have been when trying to capture an experience via photography. You have to be careful that you don’t get so wrapped up in trying to preserve or witness to the moment that the moment itself slips by.

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