Twitter Gets Religious: First communion service

Online social networking giants “Twitter” will now be expanding their service to church goers. Worshippers of the Christianity faith will now have the opportunity to follow church services in front of their computers. Worshippers will be invited to break bread and drink wine or juice as they follow the entire service online.

According to Jonathan Wynne-Jones at Telegraph.co.uk, churches require a priest to take the Eucharist, but it will see Rev Tim Ross a Methodist minister using this unique new service to send out a prayer in a series of Tweets, messages of up to 140 characters. Followers of each service will be asked to read the tweet out loud before typing Amen at the end of this. Rev Tim Ross hopes that this new service next month will allow Christians to unite together and provide a service to users who may not be able to attend a service in person. It appears that users who want to try out this new unique service have signed up to it in their hundreds.

Unfortunately, this is a subject that must allow for scepticism. Last year the Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, commented that social networking sites could encourage teenagers to view friendship as a “commodity” and claimed the internet was “dehumanising” community life. This is not the view of the Church of England, who in 2006 reached out to other churches who now have an online service available.

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