Church puts itself on Google Earth map

Posted by Claire Musters  ·  4 visitor comments

Chorley United Reformed Church has become the first church to advertise on Google Earth by painting a huge cross on its car park.

Chorley URC cross - with Rev Martin Whiffen in the overalls

The white cross measures 25 x 10 metres and is thought to be the largest such cross in the UK and the first feature in Britain created specifically to be picked up by Google Earth's aerial photographs.

The church's minister, Reverend Martin Whiffen, said: "We thought it would be a fun, modern and effective way of advertising the church and, with it, the town. A lot of people use Google Earth to help them explore Britain and the huge cross will draw their attention to us, and hopefully the work we do."

"Contrary to the dowdy, old-fashioned image many people have of the Church, Christians have always been the first to use new technologies to share the gospel. The Church had the 'cross' and 'fish' as logos before the concept was even thought of. The Church was also the first to use mass media in the form of printing.

"In our current age, Christians were amongst the first people on the internet. My previous church was winning awards for its website at a time when even big firms like John Lewis or Tesco had little if any presence on the net. Our cross is just the latest example of exploiting technology to share the Good News.

"We thought long and hard about what image to paint. We considered the church's name, Chorley URC, or its logo, but in the end we thought the most effective witness would also be the simplest. The empty cross is instantly recognisable and is a powerful witness to Jesus' resurrection.

"We hope that the idea will be taken up by Christians across the UK, even the world. Imagine if every time someone visited Google Earth they saw a host of crosses dotted through our towns, cities and villages. It would be a reminder that the Church, like its Saviour, is very much alive. Remember, though, that Chorley United Reformed Church was the first!"

11th April

April 11th, 2012 - Posted & Written by Claire Musters

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Steve Gregory

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Great idea. But what about churches that don't have a big car park, like the church I attend which is on the corner of a major road in North London and all our parking is on the street? What would you suggest?

Wednesday, 11th April 2012 at 10:15AM

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Martin Whiffen

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You could paint a cross on the church roof, but unless the roof is flat this might be problematic. However, leaving aside Google Earth, if you are on a busy street, have you thought about using the pavement? You can't paint on the pavement, but a wooden stencil and a power washer could be used to create a 'clean' cross on a dirty pavement, maybe even a trail of crosses leading to your church.

Wednesday, 11th April 2012 at 11:43AM

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GarethMul

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I flew into Chicago earlier this year and as we began our descent to the airport I saw Willow Creek Church with the name painted across their (huge) roof. The view on Google Earth is impressive.

Thursday, 12th April 2012 at 6:18PM

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gazbo

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our church is in the middle of the town centre how would put the church on the map we are in Accrington Lancashire we are having trouble with our council who are not letting us put a lift in the church even though we have got plans we have tried absolutely everything we have the plans we had to change it several times to try and keep the council happy they it is a historical building and we cant have a lift its just a building it is not like a cathedral or anything like that it a baptist church any ideas how we can get the council to change there mind we have prayed and prayed any ideas would be helpful

Monday, 21st May 2012 at 3:10PM

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