Crossring relaunched on 1st September this year, and three months later it is a good time to take stock.
I have been very pleased with how things have gone. This week saw the end of our first series since we relaunched, which I think has been fantastic. Taking a close look at the first half of Mark’s gospel has certainly helped me to see the uniqueness of Jesus’ ministry, and has challenged me to respond accordingly. I hope you have enjoyed it, too – the second half will begin in September 2010!
A highlight for me, though, has been the Daily Readings, which I subscribe to by RSS feed. I have enjoyed reading a light nugget of encouragement or a gentle reminder of the gospel each morning. If you do not read the Daily Readings, can I suggest you try them out for a few days. I hope you will come to appreciate them as I have.
As we prepare for our Advent series, beginning on Sunday, we have made some changes to the website. The first and most noticeable change is to the main site, which is wider, brighter and clearer than before. The text size is larger, and the oppressive blocks of red have been replaced with lots more whitespace.
Specifically, we have made it more obvious that the Daily Readings are short articles in the hope that more people make use of them. We have also featured more articles on the front page. Section menus are also much clearer.
More dramatic changes have been made elsewhere, though. The member profile pages always had a “work in progress” sort of feel to them, but now use the default design which looks much better. The old forum has been totally replaced with a new one, running a more sophistocated system. This means that you will need to register separately for the forum, but on balance this slight annoyance will be more than made up for in the functionality of the new system.
Please do comment below to let us know what you think of the changes – your feedback is appreciated.
Look out for the beginning of our Nativity series starting on Sunday!
Ali grew up in London, but is currently at university in the North East of England. He helped to re-launch Crossring in 2009, and has acted as Managing Editor of the website since then. He occasionally dabbles in photography and web development - he also designed and maintains the Crossring website.
Crossring is a community of Christians who meet together online in fellowship around the Christian faith and the Bible.
As part of our active lifestyle of prayer and Bible reading, we are currently reading a small section of the Bible together each day and sharing our responses to it with each other. We also publish a short devotional thought on a key verse or two from each day's passage to prompt prayer or reflection.