A Lake District church is partnering up with a London congregation as part of a pioneering digital prayer project.
Specialist equipment has just been installed at St Michael's and All Angels in Hawkshead allowing people to type in prayers that are then projected onto the church's interior wall.
In coming weeks a link will also be created to allow the prayers to be shared with members of the Church of St Peter de Beauvoir in Hackney in London.
Two months ago John was approached by a team from Project CEDE (Creating and Exploring Digital Empathy), which includes input from the University of Lancaster, Sheffield University and the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis from University College London.
Among the key aims of CEDE are the exploration of ways to make digital communication more empathetic and the reduction of isolation across communities, groups and individuals.
The digital installation includes four votive candles which light up when a prayer is registered on a touch screen device near the church's entrance.
Within a few minutes the prayer is projected onto the wall of the church and is framed within special artwork which has been designed to mirror existing pictures in St Michael's. The prayers continue to cycle through as new ones are added.
The four candle prayer system has been in place for two weeks and so far John says there has been real interest shown.
He added: "It's wonderful to see how everybody - and especially younger people - have come into the church and really engaged in the prayer process through this project.
"We live in a media age and anybody coming to this church under a certain age is very familiar with new media. People communicate all the time in this way and there's no reason why the church should be any different."