In my last post I was talking about a number of 'firsts' that I’ve been involved with recently. Well, the next 'first' I want to talk about is the launch of the 'Sanctuary First App'. I'm delighted that the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland launched the App from St Andrew's Church in Bo'ness last Sunday evening.
I believe we may well be the first church or certainly among the first in Scotland to launch an App. Sanctuary First is designed to engage with Christians who want to grow daily in their faith. Christians and those who might not want to put a label on themselves, but who want to engage with the monthly theme and stay with that theme on a daily basis. Sanctuary First is all about engaging in prayer and scripture reading. The App is seeking to highlight biblical topics that have a relevance for our everyday lives.
Over the next three months the App will be exploring, among many other ideas, the three temptations that Jesus faced in the wilderness experience. In many ways these temptations are generic to all of human experience. We are always facing the temptation to take the easy way out. To pander to the instant needs of life. To turn stones into bread'.
The material in Sanctuary First seeks to cultivate within all of us a longing to engage with God in a deeper way. The App has been designed so that you can interact with it on a bus or a train. Please download from the App store and let me know how we can improve it. http://get.theapp.co/c04c