Hope you’re all looking forward to Easter. There’s lots of things to be having a look at if you have any spare time over the bank holidays…
Over the Easter weekend from noon on Good Friday until 11.00 pm on Easter Sunday, Bible Society will be tweeting 72 of the Bible's surprising stories. The tweets, which can be no more than 140 characters, will go out @biblesociety, on the hour, every hour, across the weekend. Check out their Twitter account here
Quirky Motion have made this great animation about the night before Jesus was crucified. Their hope is that it's an emotional, earthy, faithful handling of a sensitive moment in Jesus' life showing the implications it has for us now. It would be great if you pass this on this on to get Jesus talked about this Easter. https://vimeo.com/32098046
Easter programmes and song
MediaNet Member Paul Arnold has written a great article about experiencing difficulties – read What A Difference Three Days Makes on the MedaiNet website. And check out the Easter projects that Paul has been working on:
We’ve already highlighted some of the BBC programmes (more details here) and channel 4 are investigating crucifixion through an anatomical study on Easter Sunday. For more information, visit the Channel 4 website
They will also be screening 1961 epic film King of Kings at 9.40 am on Good Friday and The Robe at 8.25 am, and Ben Hur at 11.15 am on Easter Monday. On Easter day, 4 Thought TV will be featuring Professor Alister McGrath talking about his loss of faith in atheism and his discovery of the Christian faith. It will be broadcast at 5.15pm but is available to view already here
There will be a 90 minute Open Air Play performed freely to the public in London’s Trafalgar Square on Good Friday 6th April 2012 at 12 noon & 15:15. For more info take a look at their website
Easter - Science and God
Ever had a colleague tell you they don’t believe in God because it’s incompatible with science? Check out this very interesting Easter piece on the MediaNet website by Oxford Maths Professor, John Lennox. It was originally broadcast as a Lent Talk on BBC Radio 4 earlier this month.
Is Britain a Christian Nation?
How often do you read in the media that Britain is no longer a Christian nation? MediaNet member Chris Pettit explores the idea of Christian values and Jesus’ vision of the Kingdom of God in his recent blog post here
HTB Media are having a little get-together with pizza and drinks on 12th April at Holy Trinity Brompton (Church House Upper) at 7.30pm.
HTB congregation member and BAFTA-nominated writer and director Stuart Hazeldine will be joining us for the evening. Stuart is about to start work on a film with Steven Spielberg, and he'll be sharing with us a little about his experiences of being a Christian working in the media.
Breakfast in Aberdeen
A breakfast event with guest speaker, Os Hillman (Marketplace Leaders) who is coming across from USA (Atlanta, Georgia) especially to visit Aberdeen/Dundee workplace believers. Though organized as a CITOI event, this business/workplace wide event open to anyone with links to business and workplace groups in Aberdeen City/Shire. Venue will be a hotel (TBC), on Friday 11th May, 0630 for 0700 hours start, followed by breakfast.
‘Change Agent’ Workplace Seminars, Aberdeen
Linked to Os Hillman’s visit to Scotland are 2 Evening seminars (Thursday/Friday 10/11th May) and a Saturday 12th May (10-5) AM/PM seminar. These additional sessions are specifically for the target audience of work place believers who are engaged already facilitating or organizing believers in the work place.
Help needed from playwrights and actors please!
MediaNet member David Wilkins would love your help…
My name is David Wilkins, and I have belonged to the Medianet for two years.
I'm writing because I need some professional help with my first play. One
Night, is a play about a group of people and how one night changes their
lives completely. Full of drama and intrigues, it relates how a failing
marriage, an overworked secretary, a flirtatious friend, two crooked
businessmen and a passionate believer in God all have the course of their
lives changed in the space of 12 hours. I'm writing to ask if anyone can
help me with this play. I would like two things if possible, but even one
of them would be great! Either a drama writer to look over what I have so
far and advise me on how it can be improved. Or if any actors would be
willing to read me part, if not all of the script I have so far. This
would be very helpful in giving me advice about the play's plot, and enabling
me to decide if it sounds the way I would like it too. Could anyone who
would like to help, please email me on email@example.com.
Ready Writer Mag
Ready Writer Mag (www.readywritermag.com) is an online resource for 'Christians who write'. It aims to equip Christians (published and non-published) who write, with help and advice on their writing journey.
The website has been live for three weeks and is already number 3 for the search term 'Christian writer' on Google.
The website was founded by MediaMet member Abidemi Sanusi, an author of four books, the last of which was nominated for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Abidemi is also the founder of www.thereadywriter.co.uk, which provides content for companies looking to maximise their online presence.
Radio Production Awards
Entries are open for the Radio Production Awards so submit your entries before the deadline on 24th April. For more information, check out their website – the 12 categories are on the right hand side of the screen.
The Jerusalem Awards
Likewise, The Jerusalem Awards, which promote Christian involvement in broadcasting, are now open for entries and the deadline is 11th May. For more info and to enter, click here
Broadcasting Press Guild Awards
BBC Show Rev won four broadcasting Guild Awards at last Friday’s awards ceremony in London’s Drury Lane theatre. Click here to see a list of all the other winners
IRN News Awards
Check out the winners of Radio’s IRN News Awards 2012
Student media awards
Are you involved in student media or do you know someone who is? Check out the categories and submit an entry for the Student Media Awards 2012. For more info, click here
The church of St Bride’s Fleet Street is offering a bursary of £3,000 to help fund a postgraduate student at City University in London who wishes to pursue a one year MA in newspaper journalism. More details here
The importance of storytelling
Watch this video interview with BBC director and producer Tim Usborne about making TV science documentaries. He believes that even on a fact based show, finding stories is the key to making an interesting programme. Watch the video here
Regional Base for Premier Christian Radio
Christian radio station Premier Christian Radio has opened its first regional centre to work with churches and local organizations in the North East. Read more here
Whether you use Twitter largely for social or work purposes, here is a list of the top 100 Twitter Tools of 2012 which will hopefully make your tweeting even easier
Twitter search for new Archbishop!
Twitter users are invited to help choose the new Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Church of England is to use the social networking site Twitter to help select the new Archbishop of Canterbury – read more here
There are 2 jobs going at the Bible Reading Fellowship, a Fundraising officer and an IT and website coordinator. For more info and to apply, check out their website
And for a bit of light relief, here is a round up of some of the best April Fool’s gags (and ones that didn't go over so well) from around the web and on the campaign trail.
And since most of us will be in and out of churches this weekend, I thought I’d leave you with some amusing church notices – click here
As always, please do let me know what you’re up to and if there’s anything you’d like to me to share with the network. Please connect with us on facebook and twitter and of course, let me know how we can be supporting and praying for you. Hope you all have a very blessed Easter
theMediaNet Development Worker