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New Online Facilities

The upheaval caused by “Lock-Down” has been the catalyst for two new online facilities.
We have, for some time, had a domain called “KCBChurches”. It was registered with the vague thoughts that “it will be useful sometime” but it was used, simply for a couple of dedicated email addresses.

Suddenly, the need for a whole-parish site to sit alongside the riches of the old established Kildwick website became clear and so the new parish website is now in place here at kcbchurches.org.uk

On here, the primary focus has been to get as many resources on line as we can that will help both individuals seeking liturgical and spiritual resources and those wanting to stay in touch with the community that is “KCB”. Can I encourage you to take a look if you can? Julie has recently added two excellent leaflets for Holy Week and Good Friday (on the Gathering Resources menu). An online version of this magazine will be there – but the traditional “paper” copy (a .pdf file) will still be available on the Kildwick site, as the newest part of the whole 20-year archive of past magazines that is held there.

As well as the website, there is also a new Facebook page. I know that social media does not appeal to all – and we’ll ensure that important stuff is flagged up outside that somewhat restricted forum. On the Facebook page (find it at facebook.com/KCBParish) you’ll find a variety of material and chat. In particular, this is where Julie is streaming Morning and Evening Prayer at 9.00 and 4.30 each day. Unlike a web page, Facebook is an interactive medium and it is clear that this page is attracting a lot of attention, not just within our parish boundary, but from far wider bounds.

Young people are always quick to take up new ideas. Facebook was once the exclusive territory of the under-thirties. As the more wrinkled members of the community began to see the advantages, so the young ones deserted what’s becoming their parents’ stamping ground and moved on. The same is happening with WhatsApp. Here’s a richer form of texting – and one that can be used for group discussion. You may read (page 20) how this has taken off along our road. Perhaps this is another avenue to explore for KCB.

But whatever the joys and facilities of this new digital era, we mustn’t forget that we are all people. And people who matter. However much we work to improve communication and community using new tools, we do well to remember that, by this very action, we risk sidelining and alienating those who, for whatever reason, do not use them. Let us not forget those who have little love for email; those with no online account; those who can’t simply turn on a screen.

Chris Wright

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