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Clitheroe reverend spreading God’s word through the podcasts
A PIONEERING reverend who has created podcasts from his sermons has urged others to embrace new technology.
The Reverend Andy Froud, from St Mary Magdalene Church in Clitheroe, said use of the internet was a logical next step for religious centres which have historically been at the forefront of technological innovation.
Rev Froud, who has just installed wi-fi in the church centre – one of only a handful in the town to have done so – created the podcasts to use in workshops.
He said: “Anything that helps to spread the word of God speaks for itself in terms of its usefulness and we should embrace that if we have the ability to.
“We have so far installed wi-fi in the centre to benefit community grou-ps but I could see it potentially being used in the church services themselves at a later date.
“However, new techn-ology should complement but not replace old means of delivering services and I would not want to introduce anything with the purpose of discour-aging worship at the church.”
St James Church in St James Street, Clitheroe, was the first church in the region to have wi-fi installed throughout three years ago and now regularly uses internet clips in its services.
Reverend Mark Pickett said: “There’s a lot of good material on the internet that churches can incorporate as part of their teachings.
“However, it suits some better than others and depends on the context of the church.”
Yet not everyone is keen to get on board with the technological advances.
Rev Rodney Nicholson, of Christ Church in Chatburn, said: “I don’t have anything against its use but I’ve no plans to use it in my sermons or have wi-fi access installed.
“I don’t think there is a need within my cong-regation and don’t feel that anyone has been disadvantaged by not having access to it whilst in church.”
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