The Diocese of Down and Dromore has again had success in the Communications Competition run each year by the Central Communications Board.
Revd Chris Bennett won best blog for The Dock and Chris also secured the runner–up spot in the ‘Other’ affiliated organizations website category.
Down and Dromore came second in the diocesan website category and the Down and Dromore Youth and Children’s website was highly commended.
Chris Bennet’s blog was described as, ‘A wonderful, innovative example of how social media can be used in a church context. An attractive, thought–provoking and enticing blog. Fantastic use of video and images. User–friendly and welcoming. Keep going!’
The prizes were awarded by the Archbishop of Armagh at the final session of the General Synod. The competition was run by the Church of Ireland Press Office but externally judged by media professionals working in the field of church communications.
As Archbishop Richard Clarke said in his Synod Presidential address on Thursday 9 May, ‘Much of the actual delivering of the Gospel is effected at what we tend to call ‘local level’, in the work, worship and witness of local communities – clergy and people collaborating and working together’ – this is very true of church communications work too and the competition demonstrates how entrants put enormous effort into communicating effectively within their own contexts.
The judges praised the submissions in each category, with clear evidence of communication work of a very high standard reaching right across the island.