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article imageUniting Church Launches Online Prayer Room

By Tracey Lloyd     Dec 20, 2009 in World
Uniting Church of South Australia launches online prayer room in an attempt to encourage internet users to spend time reflecting with God.
Internet surfers can now say prayers for loved ones via their keyboard through a new service launched by the Uniting Church of South Australia. The online prayer room offers visitors the opportunity to type in a prayer and light a virtual candle which will burn for 24 hours.
Visitors to the online prayer room have a choice of 5 unique South Australian locations in which to pray, including:
• the stained glass windows of Clayton Wesley Uniting Church,
• Flinders Ranges, and
• indigenous art.
Upon entering the space to pray, meditate or reflect, music appropriate to the scenery is played and the music options include the hymns Amazing Grace and Abide With Me which are played in the church themed online space.
Visitors have the option of reading prayers left by other internet users or typing in their own prayer and lighting a candle. Content from the online prayer room can be shared via Facebook.
In a statement obtained by Digital Journal, Moderator of the Uniting Church Rev Rod Dyson said
"Our online prayer room is a simple tool designed to help people to find space to pray amongst the busyness of life. Making space to reflect and talk with God is not just something that we do in churches but something people do while walking in nature, or driving their car or reflecting at the end of the day. We believe it is vital to ensure that spirituality has a place in cyberspace too.”
The online prayer room is part of the Uniting People initiative of the Uniting Church of South Australia, which aims to encourage contemporary engagement with the church.
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