*** DEBUG START ***
*** DEBUG END ***

Congregations can develop their media relations

by
25 October 2013

iStock

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

Letters to the editor

Letters for publication should be sent to letters@churchtimes.co.uk.

Letters should be exclusive to the Church Times, and include a full postal address. Your name and address will appear alongside your letter.

Train-a-Priest Fund 2022 Appeal

Please consider a donation to TAP Africa this year. Every penny you can give goes to ordinands in Africa who face financial difficulty, to support them as they complete their training. 

Donate online

Read more about this year's appeal

Forthcoming Events

24 May 2022
Disability and Church: Intersectionality
A joint webinar from HeartEdge and Church Times.

2 July 2022
Bringing Down the Mighty: Church, Theology and Structural Injustice
With Anthony Reddie, Azariah France-Williams, Mariama Ifode-Blease, Luke Larner, Will Moore, Stewart Rapley and Victoria Turner.

More events

Welcome to the Church Times

​To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)