INTERNET “BROADCASTING” OF CHURCH SERVICES ATTRACTS WIDE INTEREST
church in Keynsham, near Bristol, puts live video of their services onto the
Internet, and a wide range of surfers have looked in!
weekly cost is just a local phone call for the length of the services.
have looked in from Eastern Europe, Africa, the Far East and America.
surfers are amazed to find a church invading their territory! “Is this a real church?” is often asked. Another question is “Who am I watching?”
software needed is Microsoft NetMeeting, which is given away with their Windows
98. The surfers are attracted to the
popular “meeting areas” set up by Microsoft and many other groups. Once there, a surfer can scroll down the
list of people present, read the brief few words permitted as a description,
and select a name to try and chat with, usually including live video just like
a videophone. We often use the area named
When surfers select this church, they suddenly find themselves watching and hearing the service. They can communicate with a computer operator in the church by typing messages. Often an interested visitor will ask to be sent an email before the next “broadcast”, so that they can join in again.
meeting areas are used a lot by those looking for sexual excitement. These are folk who will be unlikely to walk
into a church, but may be aware of real needs and be prepared to take a quick
look at a church from the privacy of their own rooms.
key aim has been to go where the people are.
If more churches get into these meeting areas, the chance of surfers
finding one will go up!
on! Let’s do it!!
Morgan, author of “Sing And Read” song and scripture projection software. 20 May 2000
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