The Anglican Church of Canada has launched an official page on Facebook, the popular social networking website.
“It’s an exciting new step for us,” said Brian Bukowski, web manager. “We’ve been waiting for the right time to step into social networking, and Facebook is so well established at this point. We know our page can be effective there.”
Many Canadian Anglicans are already active on the approximately 60-million member website, founded in 2004. Facebook users can keep up with friends through photos, messages, and games. Several Anglican dioceses and parishes have also started their own groups.
On the church’s new official Facebook page, users can read news, view photos, watch videos, and keep track of national church events. When Facebook users become a “fan” of the Anglican Church of Canada, they will receive automatic updates and can post content on the church’s page.
“It’s not just another way to get out news about the church,” said Mr. Bukowski. “We’re tapping in to a community that we haven’t before. There are millions of people on Facebook right now, and we want to engage them.”
Other national Canadian Anglican groups have already ventured into Facebook, including justgeneration.ca, the youth initiative of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), whose group has 102 members.
The Council of the North also has an active Facebook group, which has been essential in promoting the Amazing Grace Project, wherein all Canadian Anglican parishes are encouraged to sing “Amazing Grace” on Nov. 23.
Facebook also hosts many other Anglican-related groups that operate outside of the Anglican Church of Canada. You can view the official page here, but only Facebook members can join.
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