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Tyneside: arts vicar to tweet insight into daily life

A unique North East Anglican vicar is to give Twitter followers a glimpse into his life as part of a national project ...

A unique North East Anglican vicar is to give Twitter followers a glimpse into his life as part of a national project.

The Church of England has asked 52 church people to tweet about their life for a week each and between Monday March 31 and Sunday April 6 it is the turn of Tyneside-based vicar the Rev Jim Craig, the only dedicated Anglican Arts Chaplain in the country.

The Church of England has adopted the concept which was developed by Visit Sweden and the Swedish Institute where they invited Swedes to take turns in tweeting their life in Sweden for a week, each offering their own unique view of the country. The idea is now so popular that there are accounts for countries such as New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Ireland and even cities, with Leeds and London having accounts.

The Church of England Twitter account, called @ourcofe, will be taken over by one person from inside the Church of England for a week, each week, over a year, giving people insight into how diverse the Church of England is. During the week, the tweeters will be encouraged to tweet at least three times a day on their day to day business with the Church of England from their perspective.

Jim, who is based at Sanctuary Artspace, St Edmund’s Chapel, High Street, Gateshead, said: “During my week, I'll be tweeting about my Easter iPad art workshop at St Aidan’s School, about chaplaincy visits to Tesco and Tyne Tees TV and about folk concerts I’ve arranged for local primary schools.

“I will also tweet about an Easter service at the local special school, a Lent Course at St Chad’s Church, an Easter assembly at Bede Primary where I’m judging the Easter Bonnet competition, a Fresh Expression where an artist will be drawing everyone’s portraits, and I’ll be painting with Ash Wednesday ashes for a workshop with the deanery youth group. It’s going to be a busy week.”

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