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Congregations can develop their media relations

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25 October 2013

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From the Revd Tony Miles
Sir, - The Revd Christopher Landau (Comment, 18 October) is right to encourage churches to appoint media officers.

A further step of engagement with the local media could include inviting local newspaper editors or radio-station managers to speak and answer questions at regional synods, Churches Together meetings, or interfaith gatherings.

Churches could include prayers for their local media in their intercessions and even approach their editors for prayer topics.

These ideas, together with prayers for the media written by the Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, and the Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, are available on our website, www.churchandmedia.net. We are encouraging churches to mark 1 June 2014 as a day of prayer for the media.

TONY MILES
Chair of the Church and Media Network
155 Grosvenor Drive,
Loughton, Essex IG10 2LB


From A. Wills
Sir, - Your article "Don't wait for the press to call the parish" urged churches to be actively engaged with the local media. This is good advice, which should be acted upon. I was a "press correspondent" at a church Wives' Guild, and sent details of our meetings to the local newspaper, which usually published the information. This can attract people who are not regular churchgoers.

It can even be difficult even for those who attend church to find out what is happening in a local church other than their own - and almost impossible to learn of Christian events in an adjoining area. Often, interesting and imaginative church events are not well attended simply because many people didn't know they were taking place.

Also, tell the local newspaper and local radio station about the community work your church is doing - such as running foodbanks, or providing Street Angel volunteers to help people in trouble at night. Raising awareness of Christian activities is something churches could work together on.

A. WILLS
67 Dulverton Road
Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 9AF

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