Finding like-minded people in a society with a rapid surge in individuality is pretty difficult. In an age where most people are spending huge chunks of their time online, it is increasingly improbable to meet compatible people away from the digital scene. This is why a new online niche community – Christians Connected.co.uk – is launching a long-term safe and fun place to aid the meeting of Christians in the North West.
The online space is aimed at providing a ‘trusted, fun and blessed’ space for people to meet for the purpose of sharing and growing in their faith, and understanding Christianity too. There are niche sites for just about everyone nowadays, from gluten-free people to farmers, but this will be the first online space in the North West offering a unique space for the regions’ Christian community.
Manchester-born and bred Alice Whittle from Moss Side is the mind and limbs behind this project. The 30-year old told TNT “I grew up in Christianity myself and know many Christians who are still single because of the work-home-church [cycle] and they don’t get to meet anyone outside of those circles”.
Whittle, who has secured coverage of the site on BBC One’s Songs of Praise this forthcoming summer, recently appeared on BBC Radio Merseyside where she spoke about what’s in store with the site. Although the site is Christian-based, “it is open to everybody. It will be a good-knowledge, prayer and discussion forum. We will also arrange concerts and single events in which people can meet and network in a safe environment”, she told TNT.
Christians Connected.co.uk was a Christian dating site, at its conception at least, but now also has networking for growth in faith and knowledge, at the centre of its cause.
When asked how the site will police and prevent the potential abuse of active users, Whittle said, “All users will have to register and verify membership through security procedures. There will be credit card checks and other security measures [online]. For meetings [concerts and single events] users will need to bring [nationally recognised] identification. There will be a disclaimer with guidelines prior to registration”.
TNT News Yasin Chinembiri