THE new Bishop of Durham is turning to Twitter in a bid to reach out to find out what his parishioners want.
Bishop Justin Welby is inviting people to have their say on what they want for their communities via social networking websites Twitter and Facebook.
As well as giving people an easy way to communicate with Bishop Justin, people are also being invited to send in their prayers.
He said: “We all know that times are hard in this area. Many people are really struggling with jobs being lost and the future can feel very bleak.
“But the spirit of the people of the North East has always prevailed in hard times.
“When things are tough, sensible people turn to God. We often make prayer sound really difficult, but at its heart prayer is sometimes telling God our hopes and dreams and then letting Him shape us and our future.
“I hope many people will take this chance to stop for perhaps just a few minutes, say to God what’s on their mind about their own future and the future of all of us here, and then share that prayer.
“We see social networking as important because it’s a whole new way of attracting people to the word of God.”
People can send their prayers to the Bishop by liking the Facebook page www.facebook.com/Prayerofthepeople or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/prayerof @prayerof and using the hash tag #prayerofthepeople.