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Added on 06/04/2013

Some of the 'New Media' winners from 2012Saturday 6 April 2013

Magazine, Website & Social Media Competition
The annual Magazine, Website and Social Media Competition, organized under the auspices of the Central Communications Board chaired by the Bishop of Limerick & Killaloe, is now open and entries are invited from Church of Ireland parishes, dioceses and associated organisations as well as individuals whose blogging or social networking activity clearly relate to Church life. Quality of presentation, strength of editorial content and outreach potential will be the standards of excellence against which entries will be judged. The closing date is Wednesday 17 April and the winners will be announced at the General Synod in the Armagh City Hotel in May.

Parish and diocesan magazines are important for the exchange of news and views across Church communities and printed media continue to play a vital role within the life of the Church of Ireland. In addition, websites are now firmly established as vehicles which allow the wider community to observe as never before, the life of Church of Ireland members, whether in parishes, dioceses or organisations, as well as helping internal communications by providing information and increasing interaction. Beyond this, newer media such as Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, along with blogs and YouTube videos have created a potentially global audience and innovative ways to assist in the Church’s ministry. Within the Church of Ireland there are excellent examples of how all these various forms of communication are being used to build Christian community and communicate the Christian faith. This competition is an opportunity to learn what others are doing, to showcase good work and to join in.

In the magazine and website sections entries are invited from dioceses, parishes and Church of Ireland affiliated organizations, while in the social media and blogs section there will be sections on the most innovative use of  social media e.g. Facebook, Twitter etc and the most engaging blog, from any committee or group associated with the Church of Ireland. 

Further details and entry forms may be had from the Church of Ireland Press Office (by email: press@ireland.anglican.org or phone: from NI 028 9082 8880, from RoI 048 9082 8880).

In St. Matthew’s Church, Irishtown, Parish Room tomorrow (Sunday) at 3.30 p.m. Drs. Robert and Sharon Heaney, Crosslinks Mission Partners, will speak about their work in theological education at St. John’s University of Tanzania: visitors are welcome.

Professor Geraldine Smyth OP, Associate Professor in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies and Head of Discipline for the Irish School of Ecumenics, will be the preacher at the Trinity Monday Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving which will take places in the Chapel of Trinity College, Dublin at 10.30am on Monday. The service follows the announcement of the new TCD Scholars and Fellows.

On Wednesday the Bishop of Derry & Raphoe will attend a lunch for the Derry Diocesan Administrator, Monsignor Eamon Martin, who has been appointed Co–Adjutor Archbishop of Armagh, while in St Mary’s cathedral, Limerick, there will be a lunchtime recital by Leaving Certificate students from Ard Scoil Mhuire.

On Friday evening the Archbishop of Dublin will institute the Revd Bruce Hayes as incumbent of the parish of Dalkey. Mr Hayes, who was ordained in 2001, has been Rector of the Abbeystrewry union of parishes, based on Skibbereen, since 2004. He succeeds Canon Ben Neill who has retired from the stipendiary ministry.

The new Church of Ireland representative on Eco–Congregation Ireland is the Revd Andrew Orr, Rector of Tullow, Co. Carlow, who succeeds the Revd Elaine Murray, Rector of Carrigaline, Co. Cork.