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Church Reaches Out to Worshippers Via iPad

St Andrew's Church, Bo'ness, West Lothian, is set to broadcast its services in real time on the iPhone and iPad.

The church, which has been screening its Sunday services online for several years now, plans to stream videos of its services and sermons to iPhones and iPads in 3G-enabled areas of the world.

The Reverend Albert Bogle, together with congregation member Neil MacLennan, has spearheaded the development of an application for the Apple devices, available as a free download, that will allow people to worship with the church even when they can't make it to services.

The two have stated that they are aiming to make the application available for other platforms, including the BlackBerry OS.

The church also makes use of micro-blogging site Twitter to post prayers, and iTunes to download sermons.

According to the developers of the application, 198 people have joined the church via iPhone, a number larger than those who turn out to the service every Sunday.

Neil Maclennan hopes to join hands with other churches in the country to try this new application.