Darwen church encourages people to get in touch with God - via Twitter

Members of the church are using the internet to lure people back

Members of the church are using the internet to lure people back

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

ELDERLY churchgoers have been given a crash course in social media as part of a drive to bring back past worshippers.

New Methodist Church, Blackburn Road, Darwen, has launched a Twitter account aimed at encouraging people who used to attend to give it another try.

The church’s initiative is part of the national ‘Back to Church’ campaign, which is looking to reach out to former church attendees.

And 12-year-old Sam Conlon has been been showing some of the older members how to access the church’s Twitter profile through their mobile phones.

Church minister Deacon Dave Keegan said: “New Methodist Church is a friendly church with a great congre-gation and a modern approach to worship.

“We have regular worshippers and members who are very loyal and committed Christians who do so much for our church and community.

“But like many other churches, over the years attendance has dropped off, with many people finding it hard to make the time to come and worship with us on a Sunday.

“Often people get out of the habit of attending, sometimes just through the business of daily life.

“The church is always open to anyone coming to worship, but with this service we want to get the message out to those who might have already been thinking of trying church again but feel they are somehow hindered from just popping along.”

The church can be followed on Twitter by visiting www.twitter. com/newchurchdarwen A new web page has also been set up, with passers-by urged to get in touch with QR codes on the church’s notice board. Services are held every Sunday at 10.30am. Back to Church Sunday is on Sunday, September 30.

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9:50pm Mon 3 Sep 12

Dickiepayshey says...

'New Methodist Church, Blackburn Road, Darwen, has launched a Twitter account aimed at encouraging people who used to attend to give it another try.'


Will re-attenders be affectionately known as Twits ? ;-)
'New Methodist Church, Blackburn Road, Darwen, has launched a Twitter account aimed at encouraging people who used to attend to give it another try.' Will re-attenders be affectionately known as Twits ? ;-) Dickiepayshey
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10:24pm Mon 3 Sep 12

Marsdogs says...

"ELDERLY churchgoers have been given a crash course in social media as part of a drive to bring back past worshippers."

Surely this is preaching to the converted? Those receiving thr crash course never stopped attending.
"ELDERLY churchgoers have been given a crash course in social media as part of a drive to bring back past worshippers." Surely this is preaching to the converted? Those receiving thr crash course never stopped attending. Marsdogs
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9:00am Tue 4 Sep 12

Graham Hartley says...

Methodists will score modest hits.
Methodists will score modest hits. Graham Hartley
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9:25am Tue 4 Sep 12

LittleMissKc says...

"Darwen church encourages people to get in touch with God - via Twitter" He's on Twitter?!
"Darwen church encourages people to get in touch with God - via Twitter" He's on Twitter?! LittleMissKc
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10:27am Tue 4 Sep 12

burner says...

It will eventually all be about donating !!!
It will eventually all be about donating !!! burner
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9:39pm Wed 5 Sep 12

HairyBowls says...

What next...confession by webcam?
What next...confession by webcam? HairyBowls
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