Over the course of a year @OurCofE will see bishops, clergy, chaplains, youth workers and churchgoers from around the country tweeting on the account for a week each, to give an insight into life inside the Church of England.
Ben Dyer takes over the account from Monday 10th March, documenting the work that he does in helping people in their late teens and early 20s connect with church.
Ben is based out of St John’s Church in Burscough and works across Church of England churches in the Ormskirk Deanery, which as well as Ormskirk includes Skelmersdale, Maghull, Burscough and Lydiate. Ben moved from York to take up the specially created post. Whilst in York, Ben was part of a team that set up a church for young adults in a bar. He also studied Philosophy and Politics at York University.
@OurCofE is inspired by similar twitter accounts such as @sweden which was set up by the Swedish tourist board who invited people to take turns in tweeting their life in Sweden for a week, each with their own unique view of the country.
Followers of the account will be given an insight into all the work that goes on into the day to day running of a church community from schools to chaplaincies to cathedrals. Followers will be able to peek behind the scenes as they get a feel for daily life in parishes.
Ben said: “It is good to show the CofE does more than parish stuff. I also hope to show that people from my generation think church and faith is a good thing. I will be tweeting about my work, giving people an idea of what I am doing – my frustrations and joys as I go through the week. I’m looking forward to doing this – I think people are a little bit nosy and love to find out what goes on and this is a great way for them to do that.”
Follow Ben on twitter this week @OurCofE or @dyerben