A Roanoke, Virginia, Anglican church goes high-tech to spread the gospel

“Dude, I preached from an iPad the week the first iPad came out,” [Quigg] Lawrence said. “I wasn’t trying to be showy with it, but a lot of times my printer is down or I don’t have ink. So it’s just easier to put it on the iPad.”

Church of the Holy Spirit, the Anglican ministry in southwest Roanoke County where Lawrence preaches, is one of the only churches in the area with its own smartphone app designed to serve its members.

The app has been downloaded 880 times in the year it has been available ”” not bad considering the congregation consists of less than 1,500 members.

Read it all and the church website is there.


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2 comments on “A Roanoke, Virginia, Anglican church goes high-tech to spread the gospel

  1. APB says:

    Every year we have a Blessing of the Backpacks for students and teachers returning to school. My suggestion that it be done by text message has not been well received. 🙂

  2. New Reformation Advocate says:

    For those unfamiliar with this remarkable, innovative congregation and its entrepenuerial pastor, I’ll just note that Church of the Holy Spirit in Roanoke was an AMiA church that is now aligned with PEAR and ACNA (i.e., it retains its Rwanda connection), and the rector is now a bishop. Roanoke is not a large city, and it’s located in a very conservative area culturally, so that the rapid growth of this pioneering Anglican church into “very large” size is all the more impressive. Do check out the church website.

    David Handy+