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Vicar's calling to online video games really beginning to click

A Church of England vicar has been developing a virtual ‘Church of Chat’ by combining his love of online gaming with his newly developed live streaming skills, reports the BBC.

Rev Simon Archer, of All Saints Belvedere in south-east London, started live streaming services when lockdown forced church doors to close, and then began to start streaming video games on social media.

With a gamer name of Vicarious BIG, the 46-year-old invites people to watch, play and chat during the pandemic, and now has more than 600 followers in his Facebook community. He says he has conversations about any subject and often discusses faith and offers support.

One member of the community was in hospital and he was asked to pray for him, only to have him appear on his chat channel a little while afterwards, thanking him for praying. “It was quite an emotional moment,” he recalls.

He says he is very passionate about his faith, and his gaming, and believes he has definitely been called by God to minister in this way.

Read the BBC story and catch up with Simon’s Facebook gaming community

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