Yesterday’s sermon left me more excited than I can remember being about any sermon recently.
Our new vicar surprised me somewhat by having a projector set up before the service. This, in itself, is quite a rare occurrence at my church. When it came to his sermon though, he added to the surprise when instead of opening the lid of a laptop to run a powerpoint presentation, he connected the projector to his iPhone!
The sermon itself highlighted the need to change and stay relevant in today’s world. He made the point that a lot of what we associate with in our church could quite easily be what was done 100 years ago, and if we didn’t “get with it”, there might not be a church here in 20 years.
From his phone, he demonstrated Google Street View inside the church (such an amazing thing to have by itself), QR codes, taking a photo of the congregation, viewing websites and YouTube videos, and even sharing a small (one slide) presentation. It really brought home the point that you can do a lot with one little device, and that our new vicar knew how to do those things!
It is going to be an exciting few years seeing what the new vicar can bring to this community. I’m glad to know they are tech-literate and willing to give the congregation a shove in that direction too. Not that we should use technology for the sake of it, but it can really help with the communications and relationship building work in the Church.