The winners of the first-ever Norfolk Christian Digital Communications Awards were named last night (November 11) by the Bishop of Norwich at a ceremony held at Norwich Central Baptist Church.
They included Norwich Foodbank, the Magdalene Group, St Thomas Norwich, Lighthouse Community Church and blogger Joy Lenton.
The awards were presented by the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James, in front of a 90-strong audience. Bishop Graham, who is the Church of England lead spokesman on media issues, said: “We are not here to praise digital media for its own sake. We are here to give thanks for this new medium in which the timeless message of Jesus Christ and his death and resurrection can be communicated in our own day. We have new opportunities and it is wonderful that in Norfolk these are being seized. We have much to celebrate tonight.”
St Thomas Norwich was a double winner with its website taking the Best Large Church Website ande Most Innovative Use of Digital Media class with its John Lewis parody Christmas video Tommy the Tiger which has been viewed online more than 50,000 times.
The Best Small Church Website category was won by Lighthouse Community Church, Sheringham
Best Use of Social Media winner was Norwich Foodbank with its very active Twitter and Facebook accounts.
The Best Christian Organisation Website accolade went to The Magdalene Group.
Last, but not least, the Best Blog winner was Words of Joy from Joy Lenton.
Network Norfolk publisher, Keith Morris, said: “We staged the awards to help recognize, reward and encourage good Christian digital communications across Norfolk. The event also helped us to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Network Norwich & Norfolk website.
“We had 108 entries, from which our judges selected the best 36 as finalists. We then put them out to a public vote and the response was overwhelming, with more than 1,200 different people contributing over 2,400 votes.
“Our finalists all demonstrated innovation, creativity and inspiration in their digital offerings and are often created by people working away behind the scenes. The winners had something extra special that stood out to the public who voted for them.”
For more information about the awards and the full honor roll please visit NetworkNorfolk
Most Innovative Use of Digital Media
The Story of Christmas (Premiered at the awards evening)