The world changed hugely over the course of the 20th century. In the past it would have been normal to go to church on a Sunday - it didn't hurt that all the shops were closed and you couldn't do very much else! Schools were unashamedly Christian - assemblies would often include prayers and hymns, and children would leave school with at least some knowledge of the Bible.
This is far from the case today: Sundays are busy days for most people who cannot easily spare the time to get to church. Most schools do not teach the Christian faith, and children know next to nothing about Christianity by the time they leave. The one constant with most young people is that they are "digital natives" - they have grown up with the internet and technology. (A sign of the times - one of Lydia's first words was "iPad"!)
When reading the gospels, one of the things which strikes you about Jesus is that he didn't wait for people to come to him - he went to where people were to preach the gospel. If the church in this country is to survive, we need to find ways of reaching younger people with the good news of the gospel. This, in a nutshell, is the idea behind Understand the Bible.
Just over two years ago I saw there could be huge potential in uploading Christian videos which people could access at anytime, anywhere, from any device connected to the internet. I soon found that, although there is a lot of Christian content on the internet, most of it is intended for Christians - there's not much which is intended to teach the faith to new believers or those people who want to learn.
Understand the Bible is designed to be a resource to help people - especially those new to faith - to understand it, bit by bit, one video at a time, at their own pace and timing.
If you would like to see more, please visit understandthebible.uk or have a chat to me. Phill
Supporting Phill - As well as the understandthebible.uk website, Phill will be doing 3 days a week work in the parish. If you, or anyone you know, would like to help support him in all of this you can visit www.give.net/20290199. The giving is channelled through the organisation “Stewardship”. (Gifts given this way can be gift aided by those who are tax payers.)
Thanks very much, Mark.