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Vicar turns to podcasts for Lent
The Reverend Keith Kimber
The Reverend Keith Kimber is a "great fan" of new technology
A vicar has embraced technology to spread the word of God over the 40-day Lent period.

The Reverend Keith Kimber from St John's Church, Cardiff has recorded six sermons for podcasts in a bid to reach more worshippers.

The online congregation can download the 15 minute lectures from the church's website beginning on Friday.

Mr Kimber who has previously offered wireless broadband in the church, said the podcasts were an experiment.

The Faith in Future sermons were written by Mr Kimber on a recent skiing trip to Switzerland and include comment on terrorism, violence and global warming.

The first, entitled Generations of Change, will be available from Friday. The next five podcasts will be available every Friday for the next five weeks.

He said he usually gave his Lent lectures to small audiences but decided to produce the podcasts to reach people who may not be able to come to the church.

The purpose is to get people thinking, but if it whips up a crowd, then even better
The Reverend Keith Kimber

"Lots of people told me they'd love to be in church to hear them, but it wasn't a good time for them," he said.

"There's never a good time for everyone so I realised it would be a good idea to make them downloadable.

"If The Archers and the Queen can be available on podcast, then why not my Lent lectures?"

He said he was a "great fan" of technology and he had enjoyed producing the podcasts.

"I'm hoping if people are interested in what I've got to say they'll turn up in person as well to engage in debate," he said.

"This idea has already generated a lot of interest, and some of the congregation have already been downloading the lectures.

"The purpose is to get people thinking, but if it whips up a crowd, then even better.

"Religion has a lot to say about the modern world, and wants to be a part of it."

Mr Kimber plans to install a counter on the church website to gauge the popularity of the podcasts.

The vicar will also be giving a traditional delivery of the lectures in St John's Church every Friday and Sunday from 8 February.



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