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Church of England Twitter

Bishops, clergy and churchgoes given a week each to tweet about their life in the Church of England

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By Ishbel Macleod, PR and social media consultant

March 3, 2014 | 2 min read

The Church of England has today launched a yearlong project on Twitter, which will see those involved in the faith providing an insight into their daily life.

Bishops, clergy, chaplains, youth workers and churchgoers from around the country will be given a week each to tweet about their life inside the Church of England, from @OurCofE.

The Rev. Arun Arora, director of communications for the Archbishops' Council said: "Social media is an ideal platform to provide a flavour of the myriad of daily activity and service that the Church undertakes each day. We are delighted with the support and engagement we have had from Twitter in establishing the project. From Assemblies to funerals, prisons to hospitals, workplaces to Cathedrals, Parliament to parish the Church of England is at work daily to show the love of God to the people of England."

Followers of the account will be given an insight into all the work that goes on into the day to day running of a church community from schools to chaplaincies to cathedrals.

Claire Diaz-Ortiz, head of social innovation at Twitter, said of the scheme: "The incredible engagement levels we see on religious tweets the world over prove the power of 140 characters to convey hope, motivation, and inspiration. The @OurCofE Twitter account will build on this by telling the story of the Church of England through the eyes of its people, providing a fascinating insight into modern faith in action. Spanning great cathedrals to tiny parishes, it will provide real-time glimpses into the workings of the church for followers across the world, 140 characters at a time."

Revd Kate Bottley (@revkatebottley), a vicar in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham, is the first person to handle a week on the account.

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