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Whilst many churches have been using social media to engage with congregations, the Benefice of Crich and South Wingfield has been reaching out using smart speakers!
CSW Digital Church is the brainchild of parishioner Jim Morton (pictured with Revd Ian Whitehead).
He feels called by God to ordained ministry within the Church of England and is currently studying on the Diocese of Derby Discipleship Training Programme.
Jim currently manages the benefice’s social media ministry on Facebook and A Church Near You.
He created CSW Digital Church, using his own time, resources, creativity, and skills. What started as a hobby by teaching himself new online skills, has turned into a successful ministry.
This is an exciting new ministry under the guidance of Revd Ian Whitehead. CSW Digital Church represents and is part of the Benefice of Crich and South Wingfield.
Following the closure of our churches in April 2020, Jim felt that God had set him a task.
That task was to take the Gospel to our existing church community, and beyond.
He felt it was important to make prayer available to everyone and he was inspired by the ministry of Jesus.
CSW Digital started out as a YouTube channel but soon grew into a three-times-a-day prayer podcast on Soundcloud.
He then ventured into special services on Sundays.
Jim wanted to make the message of Jesus as accessible as possible during these difficult times so he learnt the skills needed to create an Amazon Alexa app.
Since April 2020, CSW Digital Church has had more than 1,500 listeners from all corners of the globe.
Currently, Jim is working on a project to build a children’s ministry, called CSW for Kids.
If you have an Alexa, give CSW Digital Church a try now. Just say “Alexa, open Digital Church”.