More
    HomeNewsWorldSelfie-taking Tourists Disturb the Peace in Oxford Church

    Selfie-taking Tourists Disturb the Peace in Oxford Church

    Published on

    spot_img

    Subscribe to our newsletter

    Stay up to date with what's happening in the Christian community

    Rev. Bannister-Parker issued a challenge to tourists. She called on them to break the mentality that “if you don’t take a photo it did not happen.”

    A senior priest at The University Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Oxford criticized tourists who go inside the church for self-portrait photographs or selfies, The Telegraph reports.

    In a newsletter, Rev. Charlotte Bannister-Parker said the church has seen quite a large number of selfie-obsessed tourists. Just to take a selfie, some tourists have invaded the personal space of worshippers inside the most visited parish church in England. The fixation on taking photos disrupts the peace and serenity of the church.

    Rev. Bannister-Parker issued a challenge to tourists. She called on them to break the mentality that “if you don’t take a photo it did not happen.”

    The cathedral is visited by more than 400,000 people every year. The reverend thinks that some tourists are not respectful of the sacred space.

    “Not only is the whole experience of visiting St. Mary’s so often seen through a camera lens, but also some visitors seem completely unaware of the difference between this space as ‘the House of God’ and, say, that of the Sheldonian,” she said.

    Church officials are now discussing ways on how to prevent tourists from unintentionally invading a worshipper’s privacy in church. Tourists are most welcome to visit the historic church, but guidelines must be imposed so both tourist and worshipper enjoy their visit.

    Rev. Dr William Lamb, vicar of the church, said playing music quietly in the background could inhibit tourists from distracting others inside St. Mary’s. Some areas could be reserved for private prayer and another area could be available for selfie-taking tourists. He also suggested inviting guests to join in the prayers.

    “We want to encourage visitors to come to St. Mary’s and to ensure that they have the best possible experience. This ministry of hospitality is an important part of our mission as a church,” he said.

    The cleric believes that subtle changes in dealing with tourists will be beneficial to the church, worshippers, and tourists.

    Sources:
    Telegraphcouk. (2017). The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/27/priest-condemns-selfie-taking-tourists-disturbing-worshippers/

    Oxfordtimescouk. (2017). The Oxford Times. http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/15434582.Selfie_taking_tourists_are_ruining___39_sacred_space__39__in_Oxford_church/

    Latest articles

    Hallow App Launches 2022 Advent Prayer Challenge

    Hallow, a Christian prayer app, launched this year's Advent challenge with cast members from the hit series The Chosen joining the program.

    Group Gives 10,000 Bibles to London’s Children

    The Trinitarian Bible Society announced that over 10,000 Bibles have been given to London schools within three years.

    Prayer, Faith Can Help Teens with Mental Health Issues

    A study on teens and young adults confirmed that those who pray and have a relationship with God were more likely to flourish in life more than their peers.

    Billy Graham Archive & Research Center is Now Open

    The new Billy Graham Archive and Research Center opened in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 7, the birthday of the late evangelist.

    More like this

    Group Gives 10,000 Bibles to London’s Children

    The Trinitarian Bible Society announced that over 10,000 Bibles have been given to London schools within three years.

    ‘Praise the Lord!’ Ukrainian Christians Cheer Kherson Liberation

    Ukrainian Christians celebrate the liberation of Kherson with cheers of praise and thanksgiving, seven months after Russia occupied the city.

    JESUS Film Makes History, Now Translated in 2,000 Languages

    The JESUS film makes history as it is now translated into its 2,000th language making it the most translated film of all time.