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10 November 2011

Press release

Take the Viral Bible Challenge and win an iPad 2

Take the Viral Bible Challenge and win an iPad 2

Take the Viral Bible Challenge and win an iPad 2

If you are stuck for an interesting way of talking to your friends about your faith and the Bible this Christmas, the Alliance has developed a great new online resource to do just that. 

Launched at the Biblefresh Get A Grip event at King's College London on 7 November, The Viral Bible Challenge follows Biblefresh's Viral Bible campaign success where Bibles were passed around the country's festivals, theatres and even other continents this summer. Mirroring the current 'Geocache' online phenomenon, the Viral Bible Challenge will enable users to track Bibles placed in locations around the UK that have been posted online.

To take part, carry out these four simple steps:

  • Grab a Bible you're no longer using
  • Print off a pack from the Viral Bible website and customise the Bible
  • Register it online for the unique code to write in the Bible
  • Get anyone you know to add their favourite verse

You can track your progress on the website leader board and, as well as smaller prizes, the first Bible to get 2000 entries will win the owner an iPad.

The Alliance hopes that this will help people use any spare Bibles they may have in their house to start conversations about the importance of the Bible in their faith.

Krish Kandiah, executive director, churches in mission at the Evangelical Alliance and creator of Biblefresh said: "This is an incredible chance to get the Bible out of our houses and into our lives. What good is the Bible doing if it's stuck on our shelf, hiding between the encyclopaedia and cookery books?

"The challenge is to get as many people as possible to take part, whether they're Christian or not, whether they live nearby or on the other side of the world. Make your Bible as accessible as possible; customise it with some of your very own artwork. Most people have got a favourite Bible story or verse, even if they may not know it's from the Bible."

Sara Hyde, Viral Bible project manager, said: "The Viral Bible Challenge is a great opportunity to get people talking about the living and active word of God, to get those who know God and those who don't to choose their favourite Bible verses. The challenge is on for the person who can collect the highest number of verses, upload them to our site and climb up the leader board to win some great prizes. We're really excited by the potential of this and can't wait to see what creative strategies people come up with to spread the word."

The Viral Bible Challenge is part of a series of events and initiatives under Biblefresh to help the Church, and all of society, engage with the Bible during the 400th anniversary year of the King James Version.

Visit the Viral Bible website to participate.

Prizes

  • The first five challengers to get 50 entries will receive a FREE book
  • The first five challengers to get 100 entries will receive a copy of Glo Premium
  • The first challenger to get 500 entries will receive a leather Bible
  • The first challenger to get 1,000 entries will receive a Kindle
  • The first challenger to get 2,000 entries will receive an iPad 2


Media Enquiries

Danny Webster
Tel: 07766 444 650
Email: d.webster@eauk.org

Notes to Editors

The Evangelical Alliance
We are the largest and oldest body representing the UK’s two million evangelical Christians. For more than 165 years, we have been bringing Christians together and helping them listen to, and be heard by, the government, media and society. We’re here to connect people for a shared mission, whether it’s celebrating the Bible, making a difference in our communities or lobbying the government for a better society. From Skye to Southampton, from Coleraine to Cardiff, we work across 79 denominations, 3,500 churches, 750 organisations and thousands of individual members. And we're not just uniting Christians within the UK – we are a founding member of the World Evangelical Alliance, a global network of more than 600 million evangelical Christians. For more information, go to www.eauk.org.