Trying Out The C of E Amazon Alexa Skill

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Want to understand the Church of England a bit more? You can know ask Amazon Alexa.

Alexa, Amazons voice assistant that is available on everything from the Amazon Echo / Dot devices to various tablets and TV sticks, has the option to install a skill that allows users to ask extra questions… about almost anything (presuming the right skill has been installed.)

The Church of England Skill?

Well according to the Amazon website you can ask questions such as…

• To read the prayer for the day
• For grace before a meal
• To read the Lord’s Prayer
• What is the Bible?
• Say a bedtime prayer
• Who is the Archbishop of Canterbury?
• Find my nearest church
• Can I get married in church?

The Amazon page for The C of E Skill has more details, and the links to enable the skill on your device.

Perhaps I just wanted to say “Open the Church of England”, but I figured I would give it ago…

I also wondered what Alexa would be like at saying Grace…

On the surface I guess it may seem like an oddity, but its good to see the good old Church of England, branching out and doing something a little different to engage with people.

Check out The Church Times for a proper report into this, but be warned. That website contains far less Lego figures.

Question. If the Baptist Union creates an Alexa skill, and we installed that on one Echo Dot, and we installed the C of E skill on another Amazon device, would they argue about baptism between the two of them?

(On a side note, this may be the first ever Church Sofa that features my voice. Before I know it, I’ll be producing a podcast or a vlog or something)

 

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How Long Is A Long Sermon?

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Can I have a word about that sermon during the Royal Wedding?

You know the one that has had its text printed on websites all over the place.

There seems to be a number of comments about the length of the sermon, with the question being. Was the sermon too long?

I’m interested in what you think?

Personally I think it was quick compared to many… many sermons I’ve heard.

Please vote on my Twitter poll to tell me how long a sermon should be…

… or leave a comment below!

Are you used to 60 min plus sermons? Do you feel short changed by anything less than 20 minutes? Do you drift off after 9 minutes?

Let me know below…

 

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10 Different Ways To Raise Money For A New Church Roof

Finding the money for a new church roof...

It seems to happen. Sooner or later, a Church with a church building of a certain age needs to look into fixing their roof.

Now presuming people would normally give money to their church anyway, what else can be done to raise – the extra – money for the Church roof?

Here are our 10 different ideas for raising money for a new church roof*:

  1. Hire it as a football pitch. Could sell any holes in the roof as “special goals”.
  2. Roof top tours. Just like the cathedral..?
  3. Divert money from the fund for a new driveway?
  4. Obstacle course!! Particularly good if there are bits that people may fall down.
  5. Storage space for outside equipment. Just chuck it on the roof!
  6. Sponsored tent making competition. Aim to create the best temporary church roof, that way you’re encouraging people to give money for the new roof, while coming up with a short term solution!
  7. Roof Top Garden. Charge people to plant anything in your roof.
  8. Weather reporting platform. Hire it to your local TV station for local weather forecasts.
  9. Outdoor drama stage hire. Perfect for performances of the passion around Easter time.
  10. Stage for local bands. Something like this?

 

What other ideas do you have?

*The Church Sofa takes no responsibility for people falling off / through / into the roof. Any injuries what so ever. Any police arresting you or anyone for any of the above.  In fact. The Church Sofa takes no responsibility, for anything.

Ever.

(People I work with / Mrs Sofa – Please don’t feel the need to agree with the above paragraph!)

 

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A Plug.

Is there a way to have a self indulgent plug about another website, and have no one notice?

What if I include a photo of a plug?

What if I come up with a way of rating how much of “a plug”, “a plug” is. (Obviously the highest score would be an actual electrical plug)

What if I said that the editor of this fair blog had a website that was a collection of photography, and other creative endeavors? If I said that website was found here at andymackay.org.uk, would any one notice such a blatant plug?

Or would it be as subtle as a Church Treasurer explaining that the church needs more money?

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