Burscough St John the Baptist Church turns to Twitter

Rev Richard Jones Rev Richard Jones encourages the congregation to interrupt his sermons

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A Burscough church is inviting the congregation to contribute via Twitter during a new interactive service.

The Reverend Richard Jones of St John the Baptist Church is inviting members of the congregation to interrupt his sermons with tweets, texts and questions via Facebook.

The services are part of a new cafe church which allows the congregation to take control of the discussion.

The next cafe service takes place on Sunday, 3 April at 1800BST.

Mr Jones said the idea is to make people feel welcome in church.

"I'm responding to the questions as they come in and we have a dialogue together, so it is very creative and engaging," he said.

"I speak with the Bible in one hand and iPad in the other!

"We address issues people are really concerned about and interested in, in a relaxed and informal way.

"The idea is not a new one, it actually comes from the Bible and the Apostle Paul. When he was teaching people in their homes, people were debating and discussing with him.

"I thought how can we have more debate and discussion and I'm sure Jesus would use all the technology that we have."

The Cafe Church takes place every six week at St Johns the Baptist Church, School Lane, Burscough.

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