Over the last few decades there has been a slow but steady revolution taking place in terms of how churches operate. Here are a few examples of how technology has enhanced the work of the church over recent years: CD recordings are used by those unable to attend services or they can listen to recordings on the church website. Screens display readings and praise items during services. Social media allows the church to communicate with people all over the world. Video and powerpoint presentations are often used by visiting speakers. During discussions people use their phones to look up a verse in the Bible or to find some information online. The church sends out a newsletter every week via e-mail.
We want to use technology to make the church as accessible as possible for everyone and to help people understand more about Jesus. It has never been easier to explore the Christian faith than it is today as there is so much information about the Bible and Christianity available online. In the future technology will continue to develop and the way in which the church works will evolve. However, the Christian message remains the same, regardless of the medium. Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was. He said: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’”
As a church we want everything we do, including how we use technology, to demonstrate a love for God and a love for our neighbours. We want people to experience a personal relationship with God through Jesus and to show love to friends, colleagues & neighbours. Christians often fail but we believe we have an example of perfect service and obedience in Jesus. Remember that everyone is welcome at our Sunday services at 12noon & 6pm. If you are unable to attend in person you can listen to recordings on our website or you can request a CD from the church. Please also follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram.
This article first appeared in the Carloway Community Newsletter