Premier digital winners announced

Sun 15 Nov 2015
By Hannah Tooley

A video featuring the baby Jesus has won a top Christian communications award.

Premier Digital Awards and Conference gave 'Christmas Starts with a Baby's Giggle' the 'Best Use of Video to Communicate a Christian Message' award.

There were 16 categories in the annual awards programme. 

The 9th Awards and 6th Conference was staged at The Brewery in London.

A magazine-style Christian blog, 7, that looks at culture, Christian ethics, and current affairs won the 'Blogger of the Year' prize, and the 'Up and Coming Award' went to Joe Gallant Church Communications for a blog devoted to helping churches communicate better, with a focus on digital communications.

More than 800 entries were submitted this year.

A cheque for £1,000 was presented to the Regeneration Church for its entry in the 'Most Engaging Small Church Site' category.

Kevin Bennett, Premier's Chief Operating Officer, told Premier that: "We've been totally amazed and utterly delighted with the quality and originality of all the entries in the awards programme.

"This year's winners have set a new benchmark for pushing boundaries in sharing the message of Christ online and with the aid of cutting edge technology."

The full list of winners:

People's Choice
WINNER: PrayerMate App
RUNNER-UP: Prayer Spaces in Schools
Signs of God
Bramber Bakehouse

Blogger of the Year
RUNNER-UP: Apples of Gold
RUNNER-UP: Joe Gallant Church Communications Blog
Dreaming Beneath the Spires
That Happy Certainty

Young Blogger of the Year
WINNER: theologybee

RUNNER-UP: Brightest Day
RUNNER-UP: Musings on Mystery

Multi-Author Blog of the Year
WINNER: threads
RUNNER-UP: Saltwater and Honey

Archbishop Cranmer
Blessed is She
Think Theology

Up-and-Coming Award
WINNER: Joe Gallant Church Communications Blog
RUNNER-UP: Divine Reflection
RUNNER-UP: theologybee

Cherry Drop Princess

Most Inspiring Leadership Blog
WINNER: Bishop Steven Croft's Blog (Diocese of Sheffield)
RUNNER-UP: Included by Grace
RUNNER-UP: Psephizo

Mummy from the Heart
The Wee Flea
Wool Gathering of a Northern Dean

Best Christian Organisation Website
WINNER: 24-7 Prayer
RUNNER-UP: Trinity College Bristol

Christians Against Poverty
Operation Mobilisation UK
Urban Saints
The Bridge

Best New or Redesigned Web
WINNER: 24-7 Prayer
RUNNER-UP: Prospects for People with Learning Disabilities

Diocese of London
KingsGate Church
Operation Mobilisation UK
Prospects for People with Learning Disabilities
Urban Saints

Most Engaging Large Church Site
WINNER: St Thomas Norwich
RUNNER-UP: Emmaus Road Church
RUNNER-UP: Hope City Church

All Souls Church
KingsGate Church

Most Engaging Small Church Site
WINNER: Regeneration Church
RUNNER-UP: Coulby Newham Baptist Church

Christ Church Willaston
Emmanuel Medway Church
Minny Street Congregational Church

Innovative Use of Digital Media in Outreach
WINNER: Guardians of Ancora App
RUNNER-UP: milk & honey

Engage 2015: Table Talk Rugby App

App of the Year
WINNER: Guardians of Ancora App
RUNNER-UP: Rhythms App

Daily Prayer: The Official Common Worship App
PrayerMate App

Most Creative Use of Social Media
WINNER: 40acts

Open Doors Youth

Tweeter of the Year
WINNER: Gemma Ruth Brown (@gemmaruthbrown)
RUNNER-UP: Open Doors Youth (@opendoorsyouth)
RUNNER-UP: St Barnabas Ealing (@barnabites)

Andrew Wilson (@AJWTheology)
Engage 2015 (@engage2015)
Robin Ham (@rhamage)

Best Use of Video
WINNER: Christmas Starts With a Baby's Giggle
RUNNER-UP: Good Friday: Live!

Office Kids (Shocking Truth)
What is Poverty?

Accessibility Award
WINNER: The Salvation Army
RUNNER-UP: Prospects for People with Learning Disabilities

Goodmayes Baptist Church
The King's Church, Wisbech

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