The Bishop of Burnley is going to become the first bishop in the country to take part in a new initiative, as he joins the Archbishop of Canterbury for a Facebook Live Bible study.
Reverend Philip North will take part in the study with the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, this week for a live Bible Study session on Facebook as part of the social media initiative, which began in May this year.
The previous two events were watched by people in countries worldwide including the UK, USA, South Sudan, Pakistan, Nigeria, Australia, the Seychelles, and Japan.
During the discussion, entitled ‘Calming the Storms’, the Archbishop and Bishop Philip will also answer questions posted on Facebook.The broadcast, from London, will last for up to 20 minutes and begins at noon on Thursday, November 10th. It can be viewed live worldwide on the Archbishop’s Facebook page.
Once completed it will remain on the page, which has more than 133,000 followers, as a recorded event to watch at any time. The first two study videos have so far been viewed more than one million times in total.
Writing on the Facebook invitation page, Archbishop Justin says: “Storms are part of life. Even though we know this, we get frightened, distraught and despairing. Sometimes we assume that Jesus should stop all the storms.
“We ask ourselves: Where is God when it is stormy? What difference does He make? Or are we actually on our own?
“In my next live Bible study we’ll be looking at a wonderful story from Jesus’ life found in Mark 4: 35-41. I’ll be joined by the Bishop of Burnley, Philip North, and we’ll be answering your questions.”
Bishop Philip said: “I was delighted to receive the invitation to participate in this Facebook Live Bible Study.
“I know from our engagement locally here at The Church of England in Lancashire that Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social media channels are powerful ways of reaching people in this country and far beyond.
“So to have the opportunity to study God’s word in the company of the Archbishop and with so many people worldwide will be a huge privilege which I am looking forward to immensely.”