I have heard a lot recently about the Methodist Church’s unwillingness to embrace new media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc.), and I have myself been one of those critics. I read a report (somewhere – can’t find it now) that said Methodist Churches had less web presence than any of the other Christian denominations in Britain. One of my District colleagues created a Facebook group called ‘NOT the Methodist Recorder’, calling on the Methodist church to use Facebook rather than relying on the… outdated (let’s call it) Methodist newspaper, The Methodist Recorder.
Maybe things are changing. Toby Scott, our Director of Communications, announced the The Methodist Church app is now available for download in iTunes (search for “Methodist Church” in the iTunes Store).
The Methodist App features include:
– Daily audio and written Bible studies, featuring a different author each week
– Prayer of the day
– The latest news stories from the Methodist Church in Britain
– Topical podcasts from Methodist Web Radio
– The latest tweets from the Church’s Twitter feeds
I downloaded it, and I have to say I like it. It’s nothing particularly flashy. It’s dressed in the normal Methodist colours of red and white. It’s easy enough to use – much more than the website is. Everything on the app can be found on the website, but it is much easier to access in the app! I often forget about the “Word of the Day” devotions because I can’t be bothered to search for it on the website. With it all in one place on my iPod, I will be more prone to read it during the day (besides, my iPod has become something more of a devotional tool than my computer – the 21st c. prayer beads, I suppose!).
Perhaps hopes for the future: currently, it only works if you’re online (I have a Touch). It would be nice to download the information and then it can be perused whenever (or used in church where there is no wireless connection). Also, I wonder if they could allow interaction from some of the Methodist blogs or tweets out there. Maybe add the list of countries/districts to the prayer of the day part (that also come from the prayer book).
Still, a great item. I reccommend it, especially if the prayerbook prayers and word of the day are already part of your devotion.
Has anyone else used it and have any thoughts? Anything you would like to see added/changed?