Monday, June 26, 2006

Goodies Games and Chat on Sockit. Com from Sport Relief

Goodies Games and Chat on Sockit. Com from Sport Relief

Put your best foot forward with Sport Relief's new "Sockit" games.

(PRWEB) July 12, 2006

Visit Sockit (http://www. sockit. org) to put your best red sock forward for Sport Relief 2006. It’s jammed with ideas, goodies and games to make your Sport Relief a foot stomping success.

Sport Relief is all about doing Miles in whatever way you want, whilst raising money to help make the world Miles better. Get some inspiration with sockit’s animated fundraising ideas - from smelly sock challenges to kung fu Miles you're sure to have Miles of fun.

You can travel 5457 miles and visit the streets of Guatemala (http://www. sportrelief. com/guatemala) in South America where you can meet Famuel, Cristinia, Alex and Maya Keltia. Take part in an amazing interactive adventure to find out about their lives, dreams for the future and how they are making their worlds better.

Get creative with sock puppet theatre. Download the special sock making kit on the sockit site to turn your socks into superstars. Make your friends and family laugh by giving a sock puppet show, whilst raising money for Sport Relief at the same time – from Sock Idol to Lord of the Socks the possibilities are endless. Send your pictures or videos of your sock puppet shows, before Sport Relief Saturday, July 15th.

Be kept on your toes with some socktastic games, including Free Ballin’, In a Spin and Fast4ward. Or shout out loud for Sport Relief in one of the polls or chat on the message board.

There’s sockloads to keep you entertained at sockit. You can also ask an adult to register you for one of the 15 Mile events, which are happening across the UK on Sport Relief Saturday on 15th July 2006. Whatever you do make sure you tune into CBBC and BBC ONE or Sport Relief on the BBC (http://www. bbc. co. uk/cbbc/sportrelief) next week for special Sport Relief programmes including Reggie Yates visiting Guatemala, Blue Peter travelling to Honduras plus much, much more.

Notes for Editors

Interviews and photographs are available on request.

Nearly every school in the country has been sent information on how to put on a Sport Relief Mile.

Alternatively, Go the Extra Mile on Sport Relief Saturday, July 15th 2006. Visit Sport Relief (http://www. sportrelief. com) to find out more. To make a donation, call 08457 910 910 (local call charges apply). Sport Relief is an initiative of Comic Relief, registered charity 326568, in association with BBC Sport.

Since its launch in 2002, Sport Relief has raised over £30 million. Half of the money raised will be spent in the UK to help give those living in disadvantaged and divided communities a better life; the other half will help children and young people in the world’s poorest countries, faced with the daily reality of extreme poverty, abuse and exploitation.

The Government’s National School Sport strategy is transforming PE and school sport at every level. It aims to give all children the chance to take part in at least two hours a week of high quality PE and school sport in and out of school.

The Youth Sport Trust is supporting Sport Relief in Schools and has helped to secure the involvement of a large number of their network of their Schools Sport Partnerships and colleges.

Sainsbury’s are the title sponsor of the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile.

For more information:

Nicola Harrison

020 7820 5555 (ext 4038)

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Churches Turn to Social Networking to Supplement Easter Services

Churches Turn to Social Networking to Supplement Easter Services

Churches are looking to social networking to extend their offline communities and gatherings. 3700 churches have created online communities on newly launched site, MyChurch. org.

San Jose, Ca (PRWEB) April 5, 2007

More than 3,700 churches have created online communities to enhance their weekly services on the new social networking site, MyChurch. org. Pastors and parishioners meet online to write blogs, share pictures, and stay connected throughout the week in an effort to extend church between Sundays.

When church leaders saw their younger congregants on social networking sites like Myspace, they recognized an opportunity to foster community between Sundays. MyChurch. org launched in late 2006 to cater specifically to churches seeking to extend their Sunday gatherings online.

Pastors record and upload their sermons for discussion. Electronic bulletin broadcasts replace paper church bulletins. And members post prayer requests and join conversations through blogs and profile comments.

"Conversations we've never had time for are coming together online. The profiles and pictures are revealing things about us that might take years to come out." says Pastor Dan Beasley. His Calvary Community Church in Maryland has more than 80 members in its MyChurch. org community.

Pastor Beasley goes on to say "We're seeing folks show their true gifts. People we didn't know as teachers are emerging in the blogs, and encouragement and mercy are shown in the comments"

Social networking also empowers missionaries and travelers to stay connected with their home church, especially for celebrations like Easter. "I love it that MyChurch makes it possible for our (missionary) members in Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, Taiwan, Dubai, New Jersey, New York, and North Carolina to participate in the life of our community" says Pastor Jim Somerville of First Baptist Church in DC.

Pastor Somerville uploads his sermons onto First Baptist's MyChurch page for members who missed his Sunday preaching, or for congregants who want to comment and discuss afterwards. He plans to post his church's entire Easter service, including worship music, Scripture readings, and sermon.

Churches have traditionally been cautious to adopt internet technology, fearing that a virtual church might keep members out of the pews. But churches have flooded onto social networking sites. There are more than 100,000 religious groups on Myspace. Churches recognize that social networking enhances the conventional Sunday morning gathering, empowering them to foster community during the week.

About MyChurch. org:
As the social network for churches, MyChurch. org hosts free social networking communities for more than 3,700 Christian churches. By exclusively serving Christian churches, MyChurch provides tools focused for a Christian audience such as the ability to embed Bible passages into blogs, and organize and register for local church events. MyChurch. org receives 2.5M pageviews per month and is growing rapidly.

Joe Suh, Media Contact
MyChurch. org
Http://www. mychurch. org (http://www. mychurch. org)