Vicky writes for the Royal School of Church Music

I was delighted to be approached by the RSCM to write an article for them on Social Media and Worship.

If you are a subscriber to their CMQ (Church Music Quarterly) the magazine is available to you. If not, some of their content is available online, but not this piece (as far as I know). If you can zoom in on small print, you might be able to read some of the article below, to whet your appetite and encourage you to consider subscribing to CMQ in future!

Hope you enjoyed the piece.

I love that social media and technology are becoming more and more popular topics of discussion amongst Church folks. Let’s keep the discussions happening and really wrestle with the questions about how digital technology can help and hinder our expressions of worship.

Have you and your Church given much thought to your use of social media (websites, blogging, Twitter, Facebook etc) as a community? How has social media helped your Church community?
Has it caused any problems? Do you like people using smart phones in Church for things like Twitter? Do you see this as building community, or just a distraction? These are crucial questions for the church to be asking.

  • Beth

    (This is a bit random but here goes)

    Congratulations on your article, very thought provoking.

    The web has become so much second nature to me I’ve never deconstructed it to the extent you suggest.I was in the middle of reading a novel last week when I realized the narrator didn’t have a TV (1950’s). It was eerie! Once he did purchase a box the prose fell somewhat short of describing what a landmark event this must have been. The effects of a great river, or lake, on a nation and their recreational habits and leisure activities, are easily perceived and felt, not just for the present generation, but for generations and generations to come; when historians may point a retrograde finger at the waterway and name it as the genesis of both fortune and miseries, across a bewildering array of social genus.

    Retrieving any kind of data about anybody else’s television habits imbues me with slight disappointment common to posting a letter, as it drops down into the big red pillar box and I know I’ve lost control and it has gone forever.

    I understand this inverted enthusiasm for Royal Mail is an anomaly. I use Royal Mail all the time. Most of the time I use the post office.

    There are only 40 large lakes in the world which help conserve the world’s freshwater. And yet there’s a handful of mail boxes in every small town.

    I think you are asking interesting questions.

    I do Church online. Worship, bible study and message from my domicile. It all takes place in another continent.

    The web is a confessional medium. I’d like to turn it inside out.

    It would be interesting for more people to try this; apprentice themselves to a movement to learn and observe, and digest foreign teachings. To suspend normal church for the experiment’s duration, and then meet in a new place: for traditional confession: of sins: of good things.

    I wonder if an exercise like this would teach us as a community more about the power of the web and its capacity to do a work in us. Would we live and worship better, after?

    Perhaps in these days of inter connectivity everyone is a participant observer.

    As you have so wisely pointed out, church has left the building.

  • Beth

    …a bewildering array of social genera… apologies for posting in haste. I can’t make up my mind how this should be. I haven’t got my head on square this evening.

  • My church has a facebook group and an interactive website (with a pastor’s blog and sermons/videos to see online etc). So far we haven’t ventured into Twitter, and the next thing is probably going to be videos of music and services. The facebook group works well on many levels. People who can’t come to church can post and access notices etc. People from far away who will never come to church are part of our online community. So far we have had no major problems with spam or anything – perhaps because the group is private and new members have to be approved by an admin. The only issue I can see is that some of the more technophobic members of our congregation have no access to this.