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New Online Church Aims to Reach Those with No Experience of God, Christianity or Church

Ripon, England, (PRWEB) July 5, 2007

Holy Trinity Church Ripon has launched an online ‘church’ for people who are not already engaged with the Christian faith, and who are looking for answers, but may not feel ready (or be able) to walk into a church building. Its goal is to help people discover if God is of relevance to them today, providing a safe and self-directed way to find straightforward answers to questions about Christianity. Longer-term, the goal is to encourage them to find a local church where they can feel at home.

Very few churches exist purely online, and Church on the Net (www.church-on-the-net.com) is unique because it is evangelistic, rather than designed to serve believers or any pre-existing fellowship. The team behind the project says that as well as agnostics, atheists and seekers, however, the online church may be useful to new Christians afraid of asking ‘silly’ questions, Christians who have slipped away from an active faith, and those who find it difficult to meet together (such as the housebound, carers, and those in remote areas or who face persecution).

“As odd as it may seem to Christians, who have all the advantages of fellowship through belonging to a traditional church, there are huge numbers of people who are accustomed to being part of online communities, whose ‘friends’ they may never meet face-to-face,” says Mark Tanner, vicar of Holy Trinity Ripon. “The idea of doing things online feels safe and attractive to them, so why not introduce church into that lifestyle?”

Church on the Net is divided into three sections:

· a reference section, with 85 articles offering explanations or perspectives on many issues relating to God, church and Christianity, including common and difficult questions

· a weekly article, updated every Sunday, exploring the Christian faith and how it is lived out on a daily basis. The launch address has been provided by the Rt Revd John Packer, Bishop of Ripon & Leeds

· an interactive community area, where visitors can engage with the site and one another through forums and blogs.

Site content is provided by an editorial panel of ordained and lay people drawn from within Holy Trinity Ripon, plus guest writers.

“In an increasingly secular world, we are in danger of making assumptions about what people already know about our faith — which may not be much,” says Nicola David, project leader of Church on the Net. “This hit home when a teenager asked me if Christmas was when Jesus married Mary. So our articles try to be as clear, conversational and jargon-free as possible — particularly because we expect the majority of our audience to be outside of the UK, and won’t have English as a first language.”

40% of visitors to Holy Trinity Ripon’s own church website (www.holytrinityripon.org.uk) are overseas, and come looking for answers to spiritual questions. Most commonly, these are seekers from China, Brazil, Vietnam, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Korea, Morocco and Israel.

“Church on the Net is one of a range of ways Christians are extending a new invitation to community, to exploration and to faith through fresh expressions of church. I warmly commend it,” says the Revd. Dr. Steven Croft, archbishops’ missioner and team leader of Fresh Expressions (an initiative of the Church of England and Methodist Church).

Plans are already afoot for phases two and three of the site, which will introduce extensive new functionality and features.

Church on the Net is registered as a fresh expression of church with Fresh Expressions. It exists under the authority of Holy Trinity Ripon (a church in the Church of England) and the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds. It is co-funded by Holy Trinity Ripon, the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds, and charitable grants.

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Church of Christ Singles Using Online Dating Websites To Find Love

Church of Christ Singles Using Online Dating Websites To Find Love

A Church of Christ single will have a bit tougher time to find a man who is practicing the New Testament principles. You have many conventional means that you can use to find the best Church of Christ singles out there. One of the most common and easiest ways to be able to find other Church of Christ singles is looking at your congregation. But often times you still may run into a problem because your congregation could be one that is very small or you may find that most men are already married.

Actually you have other choices when you are looking for Church of Christ singles so keep positive in your search. Many online dating websites actually focus on helping Church of Christ singles look for love. On those singles sites you will be able to meet those other Church of Christ singles and form relationships and possibly fall in love.

Many success stories can be found on these online dating websites, so keeping a positive attitude is a must when you hope to find love. Look and compare the different sites to see the testimonies of these success stories and decide on which one you feel will be the best chance for you to find other Church of Christ singles. With those stories you should also have renewed hope and proof that you will one day be able to find love.

You can even narrow down the search by location, interest, age, and other preferences when you visit those dating sites. Finding a true Church of Christ single man who will be the one to offer you the life-time of love you have hoped to find for years.

Remember that you should never give up hope because God does have the perfect mate in mind for you. Searching those many singles sites may lead you to the right choices of Church of Christ singles in your area.

Lizzy B is an experienced writer on relationships and the dating industry. She has been writing for quite a while and has had countless articles published. Some of Lizzy’s most favorite topics to write on include single professionals over 30, mature professional singles, relationships, and matchmaking services. Lizzy’s articles are well written and memorable. They are especially great for anyone looking to start dating and still keep up with their daily activities.

New Online International Christian Community is Forging the Way to Global Fellowship through Voice Video Conferencing

(PRWEB) December 4, 2005

World in Christ seeks to be a unique and uplifting look at meaningful Bible quotes leading to personal inspirational outlooks. World in Christ is a new Christian global community where people connect through live voice and text chat with optional web cam.

In addition to providing meaningful and thought provoking Bible Quotes, World in Christ is a christian gathering place where lovers of Christ and people who enjoy immersing themselves in everything about Jesus Christ’s Kingdom of Heaven on earth is about. If you love Jesus Christ or just want to learn more about what he did for you and the rest of the world then add World in Christ to your favorites list as a site to visit regularly. You never know what may be revealed to you that could be the turning point in your spiritual life. May peace be with you my friend and relation in humanity as you have arrived here as a seeker or teacher of spiritual truth and wisdom. World in Christ is a christian church and fellowship community.

Here at world in Christ we like to deliver up to the minute Christian news so you may keep on top of world events as they unfold. Coming soon as volunteers become available on live global christian chat will be live prayer requests through the live prayer room. If nobody seems to be in the room when you download your instant free access just know that God is always there with you. The Holy spirit is your internal guide and counsellor who hears all your prayers and supplications to God. If you trust in Jesus Christ with your prayer relationship then you will know your prayers are being heard by God almighty.

Peace be with you.

David Baker

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Is your Church Social? Part 2: ?Using Video Sharing for Church Marketing and Online Church Outreach?

Is your Church Social? Part 2: ?Using Video Sharing for Church Marketing and Online Church Outreach?

I’ve started looking at ways churches can use social media to market their church online and reach others for Christ. One of the areas social media has really exploded over the last several years is video sharing. With websites like YouTube and Tangle.com, Internet users have found a place where they can share videos, be they funny, informational, outrageous, or uplifting, and people have taken to video sharing and viewing shared videos like a dog to a plate of bacon.

YouTube:
According to a recent document from Google (owners of YouTube), video sharing and viewing have become a regular activity for all demographics. Men and Women of all age groups and all education levels use video sharing websites like YouTube. YouTube has become the most popular entertainment site on the Internet and the sixth most popular website on the web. Here are some interesting stats from a few months ago:

• Hundreds of millions of videos viewed daily
• 10 hours of video uploaded every minute
• 72M unique monthly visitors
• 31% of home Internet users watch video on YouTube weekly, 10% daily
• The average US visitor spends 4 hours every month watching videos on YouTube

So, with so many people using YouTube and other video sharing websites, why wouldn’t your church want to get in on the action? It’s free, it’s pretty easy, and it can be very effective for getting your message out and with church marketing.

There are many aspects to Online video sharing that make it a great online church marketing tool:
• Online video sharing can be a great way to reach people who may not otherwise find your church’s website. By posting videos that link back to your church’s website and have your church’s URL in the video, you are able to direct people back to your site and help with search engine marketing.
• You can also reach people who would not normally even search for your (or other) churches by posting videos that are not “church-related” videos. This could be a funny (non-churchy) video or an informational video about something not related to church at all.
• Online videos can also be a means of changing the image non-churchgoers have of what church is.

In an article on Caller.com, Pastor Michael Eaton of Holiday Hills Baptist Church in Abilene, Texas said:

“We are getting more traffic because we are running the same video on our Web site as (our) commercial on TV,” he said. “We also use this same video on our Myspace page.”

Many churches are starting to use websites like YouTube to market their church and reach the unchurched for Christ and are finding it to be a very effective church marketing tool.

“But We Don’t Have Thousands Of Dollars For Video Production!”
You don’t have to. Sure you can spend thousands on producing a professional quality video. You can hire actors, use special effects, and use the best cameras available…or you can use the hand-held video camera from one of you members and not spend a dime. Professional videos can work very well and depending on what message you are trying to get across, it may be best to spend a little money to make a more professional video. However, YouTube is about community and the regular Joe sharing videos with his friends and the world. So, a lot of videos on YouTube are just home videos. Your churches video can be as well. In fact, in some cases, you would do better to use lower quality home video. One of the things that attracts a lot of people to video sharing sites is the truth or real-to-life character of the videos as opposed to the Hollywood fakeness they see everyday on the TV.

Southern Hills Church of Christ in Abilene, TX has been using video sharing as a marketing tool for a couple of years now. In an article on Caller.com, they talk a bit about some of the videos they have shared, including more professionally done videos like their “Churchgoer vs. Christian” series (a take off of the popular Mac commercials) and less professional personal testimony videos. One of members, Brandon Lewis, who works on their video production, had this to say about using less than professional videos:

“Even if it’s not the best quality, people love YouTube because so much of it is people just being real”

So, it doesn’t matter whether you have a video budget of ,000 or , your church can produce videos and post them on the web. Many churches already produce videos for other uses and many of those videos would be able to be digitized and posted on YouTube.

I encourage you to start considering how you can use video sharing to promote your church online and reach the lost for Christ. In the coming articles I will talk about ways you can increase the benefits of posting your videos and give some ideas for videos you can produce.

Kurt Steinbrueck is the author of the Church Marketing Online blog. He has been providing Christian search engine optimization services for church marketing solutions. Find the original article at http://churchmarketingonline.com.

Barbados: Helping Travelers Who Book Barbados Accommodation Online


Luxury West Coast Villa, Schooner Bay, Barbados


Bridgetown, Barbados (PRWEB) October 1, 2008

GreatBarbados.com is striving to expose travelers to the variety of Barbados accommodation (from budget to luxury hotels, resorts, inns, villas and apartments) through detailed listings-by-owner and real traveler reviews.

More and more travelers are booking their holiday accommodation on sites devoted to listings-by-owner. In fact, studies show that more than 70% of today’s travelers are bypassing traditional travel agents and booking direct online, in an effort to get the best deal and to get real traveler opinions. This means that property owners wanting to rent their places to travelers need to get savvy about marketing.

GreatBarbados.com, a new travel website dedicated to owner-direct-rentals of Barbados accommodation, is taking up the challenge to help Barbados accommodation providers supply potential guests with the information they value the most: detailed listings of a variety of accommodations and the unbiased opinions of past guests.

With Barbados accommodation providers concerned about the effects of the USA’s failing economy and the UK’s credit crunch paired with reduced airline service and rising airline costs on travel to the Caribbean region, the launch of GreatBarbados.com appears timely.

Juliana Blackett, creative director of GreatBarbados.com and a Barbados native, said, “In designing the site, we addressed what travelers told us they wanted in order to make informed decisions about where to stay in Barbados. We set two primary goals: first, to showcase the variety of Barbados hotels, all-inclusive resorts, guest houses, luxury villas and self-catering apartments; and second, to integrate unbiased peer reviews in order to give travelers “the real deal” on Barbados accommodation. How better to know what you’re getting than to read about other travelers’ experiences?”

GreatBarbados.com makes it possible for travelers to tailor their Barbados accommodation search to suit their personal preferences. If a traveler is looking for an apartment with a kitchenette, within walking distance to the beach, priced between US 0 and 0 per night, GreatBarbados.com can find matching properties with a few clicks of the mouse.

Travelers can then read reviews, save their selections for future reference, as well as make direct enquiries and bookings with the accommodation provider, making the site a “one-stop-shop” for researching and booking Barbados accommodation.

The list below reveals the variety of properties that travelers can access on the site:

:: One Bedroom Apartment at Rockley Golf and Country Club, Christ Church, Barbados

A moderately priced self-catering apartment with communal pool on Barbados’ south coast

:: Six Bedroom Luxury Villa Rental at Sugar Hill Resort Community, St. James, Barbados

A high-end luxury villa with private pool, fully managed, on Barbados’ west coast

:: Bougainvillea Beach Resort, Maxwell, Christ Church, Barbados

A well-known moderately priced beach-front hotel, near St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados’ entertainment hub

:: High Holdings Guest House, St. Thomas, Barbados

An intimate owner-managed guest house/bed & breakfast in the country

Keeping pace with the way people use the web today, GreatBarbados.com is making use of social networking sites like Facebook and StumbleUpon, instead of depending solely on the traditional marketing approach of high search engine placement and print advertising. Travelers can share their favourite properties as well as their own profile (with tips, photos and reviews) on 32 social networking sites.

As a result, the site has generated excitement among Barbados accommodation providers, with approximately 200 properties (including Barbados hotels & resorts, inns & guest houses, luxury villas & houses and condos & apartments) listed since the site’s launch on September 1, 2008, and more joining each day.

Jane Shattuck, the owner of a 2-bedroom luxury condo in St. Lawrence Gap (SouthCoastBarbadosRentals.com) said, “What interests me most about GreatBarbados.com is the social networking aspect of the site. … TripAdvisor has a great forum, but no one to my knowledge does social networking in as comprehensive a manner as GreatBarbados.com. I’m proud to be included in the site. I also appreciate the care in each property’s layout and how easy you make social networking.”

To find out more about how GreatBarbados.com is helping Barbados accommodation providers and Barbados travelers, please visit GreatBarbados.com.

About GreatBarbados.com

GreatBarbados.com is a new travel website that aims to showcase the variety of accommodation that Barbados has to offer, including Barbados hotels, all-inclusive resorts, guest houses, inns, luxury villas and self-catering apartments. Travellers can also get the real unbiased opinions of other Barbados travelers.

Enquiries and bookings are made direct with the owners helping travelers get the best deals available.

Contact

Juliana Blackett

519-433-6777

GreatBarbados.com

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LDS Church expands online store

LDS Church expands online store
LDS Church expands online store By LESLEY MITCHELL The Salt Lake Tribune Updated Sep 15, 2010 11:03PM MDT The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has revamped its online store, making it easier for members worldwide to buy study materials, books, music and even sacred apparel. A test version of the new site, www.store.lds.org, is available and allows users in …
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Pope acknowledges church failures in abuse scandal
Pope Benedict XVI, beginning a controversial state visit to Britain, acknowledged Thursday that the Catholic Church failed to act decisively or quickly enough to deal with priests who rape and molest children.
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Church that welcomes gays leaves state Baptist Convention
DALLAS — A more than century-old church in Fort Worth that welcomes gays has left the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The break by Broadway Baptist Church of Fort Worth ends a relationship that began in 1886, when what became the state’s largest Baptist group was formed.
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New Online Bible Study Lessons Unlock the Mystery to Life?s Crucial Questions


Milford, Ohio (PRWEB) November 27, 2009

Humankind has always had questions about life, such as where do we come from, why we are here, and what does the future hold for us and the world? For many, the Bible holds the answer to these and other mysteries of life, but the problem is that the Bible itself can be challenging to read and understand. Even many bible study lessons themselves are difficult to comprehend. The United Church of God has a mission, which is to announce to the world the teachings of Jesus Christ. Further, the Church desires to prepare those that receive the gospel for the Kingdom of God. Understanding that many people have difficulty comprehending the true meaning of God’s Word; the Church has gone to great efforts to create bible study lessons that are designed to alleviate any misunderstandings. The lessons are available online at www.ucg.org/bible-study/bible-study-lessons.htm, allowing for worshipers to study at their own pace, from the ease and comfort of their own homes.

Although Christians believe that the Bible can, in fact, solve mysteries about life in general and even help in their personal endeavors, many people are confused by biblical scripture. Because the United Church of God wants so desperately to assist others with their journey and exploration of the Bible, they not only offer online bible study lessons, but they are provided free of charge. The lessons are provided in a 12-part series which can be downloaded or read online. The online bible study begins with a basic lesson about why the Bible is the Word of God. The third lesson explores the issue of why God created mankind, and lesson four deals with the controversial topic of why God allows suffering. The bible study lessons help to make the teachings of the Bible clearer and more applicable to today’s world, and therefore, to the life of the one using the online bible study.

The United Church of God also offers publications that can assist with the online bible study lessons. A favorite resource is their book, “How To Understand The Bible,” which teaches that one of the keys to understanding the Bible is approaching it with the right frame of mind: a respect for the fact that the Bible is God’s divine revelation to us.

The book offers tips that also can help with online bible study, including the list of keys for understanding the Bible, including: accept the inspiration of all the Bible, plan time for regular bible study lessons, let the Bible interpret itself and compare different translations.

About The Company:

The United Church of God works diligently to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Church is aware that understanding the Bible is not always easy, so in response the Church now offers bible study lessons that unlock the mysteries to the secrets of life. The lessons are available as an online bible study course, which adds to its convenience and accessibility. The goal of United Church of God is to spread the Word of God to people around the world and its free bible study lessons provide one excellent vehicle for that purpose.

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Darrell Hines Live! In Stores and Available Online


Nashville (PRWEB) June 25, 2010

The wait is over for the national release of Darrell Hines Live!, the first, nationally-released, music project of Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s own Bishop Darrell L. Hines. The anointed and dynamic founder of Darrell Hines Ministries (a global ministry anchored by the nearly 6,000 member Christian Faith Fellowship Church [CFFC]), Bishop Hines brings his four decades of composing and singing back to the forefront and offers listeners music that revives the soul, soothes the mind and empowers the spirit.

From the soul-stirring lyrics of “All I Have” (one of the album’s first two singles) and “Worth In Me,” to the upbeat rhythm of “Hold On,” Tracey Artis, Radio Promotions, said that the project has something for everyone. Songs like the second single, “You Brought Me” and “Gethsemane (Not My Will)” acquiesce southern gospel flair while “Heaven (Beulah Land)” is certainly not the Beulah Land of our forefathers. With rich vocals and powerful harmonies, listeners are sure to be drawn in and provided with an uplifting experience. From a chart perspective, Hines is gaining impact weekly with gospel radio.

“This album is not just ‘good gospel music’,” says Bishop Hines, “but music that is life-affirming, life-breathing, and life-reviving.” The ministry of revival and overcoming life’s setbacks were Hines’ motivating forces to record this new album. Darrell Hines has been composing and singing for over 40 years. At 4 years old, he received his first opportunity to perform live when he shared the stage with Mahalia Jackson. From that day forward, Darrell embarked on a musical journey to share his gift with the world. At a young age he and his sister Phoebe toured the country singing at churches and conventions. His parents moved the family to Los Angeles when he was 12 to focus on a music career, which afforded them the opportunity to sing for Bill Cosby’s Christmas Party and the Michael Douglas television show. “Music has been in my life, my whole life,” stated Hines. After being struck by lightening and laying “dead” for 45 minutes in 1981, Hines was revived with a renewed chance at life and a self-proclaimed mandate to teach others how to give God glory in spite of unexpected tragedy and life circumstances. Darrell Hines Live! achieves this in song.

According to Vicki Mack-Lataillade of Central South Distribution, the driving force of artist development on this project, “I first approached Bishop Hines about doing a solo project in the early ‘90s. Finally the time has come. The Body of Christ is looking for hope and is struggling to stay connected with each other. We believe the musical ministry from Darrell Hines Live! creates an atmosphere which encourages the believer to hold on to each other and find their worth in Christ.”

About Bishop Darrell Hines

A devoted husband to his wife Pamela and the father of 2 sons, Bishop Darrell L. Hines has been recognized for his cutting-edge preaching, teaching, and ministry impact to the nations. In 2004, he was elevated to the office of Auxiliary Bishop within the Church of God in Christ under the leadership of the late Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson. His primary goal is to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people of every ethnicity, nation, and culture. His ministry can now be seen live during scheduled service times of Christian Faith Fellowship Church on Streaming Faith’s website.

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Online Retailer Crazy Baby Clothing Company Donates Baby Clothes To Mothers In Need


Germantown, OH (PRWEB) September 18, 2008

Baby clothes manufacturer and online retailer Crazy Baby Clothing Company donates one hundred baby onesies to Lakeland, Florida’s First Baptist Church at the Mall. The church’s “Teen M.O.P.S.” (Mothers of Preschoolers) program has a store where mothers who participate in their program earn points so they can purchase items. The items donated will be available in this store.

The program is designed to assist new mothers who are in financial and emotional need. The way it works is, teen mothers earn points for performing tasks such as taking their babies to well checks and maintaining good grades. These points can be redeemed in the M.O.P.S. store for baby supplies and merchandise such as the onesies that are being donated by Crazy Baby Clothing Company.

Jay Stueve owner of Crazy Baby Clothing Company had this to say about his company’s donation, “I have been looking for a place to donate baby clothes for a while. When I was contacted by the Church at the Mall I knew this was the perfect opportunity for us to do our part. I really like that they are a Christian organization, and that they encourage young moms to do the right thing to earn points to get merchandise.”

The First Baptist Church at the Mall Teen M.O.P.S. are always accepting donations. For more information on the Teen M.O.P.S. program at the First Baptist Chuch at the Mall or for information on how to donate contact Meagan Goepferich or Amie Settles at 863-327-3406.

About Crazy Baby Clothing Company:

Crazy Baby Clothing Co. is an online retailer specializing in cool baby clothes and gifts. For more information visit their website at http://www.crazybabyclothing.com .

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Live Streaming of Miss California Carrie Prejean at the Rock: Watch 36 minute conversation live online

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) April 25, 2009 – On-

line viewers will be able to watch a live 36 minute conversation between Carrie Prejean, Miss California and Miss USA’s first runner up, and Miles McPherson, Senior Pastor of the Rock Church.

Prejean will appear at the Rock Church during all five services on Sunday April 26th. Prejean is a member of the Rock family and actively serves in church outreach ministries. The 10:00am and 12:00pm (pst) services will be streamed live, viewable at www.therocksandiego.org.

The Rock’s Senior Pastor Miles McPherson, spent time with Prejean in the critical hours following the pageant. They will share the story behind the controversy that we haven’t heard.

During the question and answer portion of Sunday’s Miss USA pageant, Prejean expressed her belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman, touching off a firestorm of widely publicized criticism from pageant judge and nationally known celebrity blogger Perez Hilton. In subsequent appearances, Prejean has stood fast in her morals and Biblical truths, refusing to compromise her faith.

Carrie Prejean & Pastor Miles McPherson will be available for media interviews during the following times only:

Sunday April 26, 2009

11:20am – 11:45am

6:20pm – 6:45pm

ABOUT THE ROCK

The Rock Church was started in 2000 by Pastor Miles McPherson, a former NFL player and nationally recognized evangelist. McPherson, an African American, is unique in his ability to attract an ethnically diverse audience that is also younger than most (avg age 28 – 32). The Rock is now San Diego’s largest church and the nation’s second fastest growing church according to Outreach Magazine. Located in the Point Loma area of San Diego, the Rock sanctuary is home to 12,000 church attendees during its five weekly Sunday services.

Service Times: 8:00am, 10:00am, 12:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm

The Rock Church

2277 Rosecrans Street

San Diego, CA 92108

www.therocksandiego.org

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