Norfolk Church Trials New Ap To Engage Worshippers

4 December 2018, 16:16 | Updated: 4 December 2018, 17:02

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A church in Norfolk is getting interactive with its congregation.

Aylsham Parish Church is trialing a live voting app during sermons, which worshipers can use to rate hymns.

It's also being used to display a word cloud of things the congregation is praying for.

Revd Canon Andrew Beane said it "has given us an opportunity to be much more interactive in our worship".

"I would like to think it's pioneering," he said. "We're holding on to the traditional but embracing new technology to make it more relevant to society today."

The church already offers its congregation free internet access through a scheme called WiSpire, and has TripAdvisor, Facebook and Twitter pages.

It has used the voting app, developed by Swedish company Mentimeter, in three services to date and plans do so at future special events.

Revd Beane said: "Sometimes you can ask a question and people are shy, but by using the app, everybody joins in."

He said it had not brought extra people into the church, but encouraged greater interaction between older and younger members of the congregation.

He added that the congregation are "very generous in what they embrace".

The app is more commonly used in business meetings.