Digital Ten Commandments
Added: 1st July 2019
According to the national press, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has announced a set of digital commandments for us to follow! They are as follows:
1. DON'T RUSH IN
Responding quickly doesn't mean doing so without due consideration
2. TRANSIENT YET PERMANENT
Social media updates are immediate and will outdate quickly but they can have a more lasting impact
3. YOU'RE AN AMBASSADOR
If talking about a church matter, make it clear that these are your personal opinions
4. DON'T HIDE
Anonymity and hiding behind aliases when using social media is frowned upon
5. DON'T BLUR PRIVATE LIFE BOUNDARIES
There are risks associated with personal opinions being seen as public statements
6. BE AWARE OF SAFEGUARDING
The informality that social media encourages can mean that it might be harder to maintain a professional distance.
7. DON'T SHARE CERTAIN IMAGES
Make sure you have permission from anybody who features in the image before sharing
8. STAY WITHIN LEGAL FRAMWORKS
If you wouldn't say something in a public meeting or to someone's face don't say it online
9. KEEP CONFIDENCES
Remember...is this story mine to share? If in doubt, don't
10. BE MINDFUL OF YOUR SECURITY
Don't overshare personal information
ACK St Stephen's Ngoingwa Kenya
Added: 19th June 2019
Our Reader, Jeff Hacon, and his wife Debby visited St Stephen's in Kenya early in 2019 and brought back this report.
Exeter Diocese is twinned with the Diocese of Thika in Kenya. Thika is about 50 miles north east of Nairobi. As part of this we are twinned with St Stephen's Ngoingwa, a rapidly expanding community on the outskirts of Thika city. The church was founded in 2002 when a group of 19, including 10 children, asked to become a parish.
Their first building was erected in 2010 and even though it seated 100 people, it was already too small before it was opened. The current building seats 400. They have 3 services on a Sunday morning - 7.30 am Youth (15-30), 9.00 a.m. English and 11.00 a.m. Kikuyu. The Sunday School already has over 200 children in it. Most of the growth is coming from people moving into the area but the church is very outward looking and many are coming to faith.
They are planning a church plant next year and hope to open a new building 2 km away. The minister is Rev Andrew, a very enthusiastic leader. He is helped by 4 readers. They have a robed choir and a dynamic praise and worship group, giving great variety to their services.