The Church of England has launched its Alexa skill, enabling millions of users to ask the Church of England for prayers, explanations of the Christian faith and location-based information about local church events and services.
Daily prayer resources are central to the skill, with the prayer for the day, as well as morning, evening and night-time prayers and a grace before meals all specially recorded.
The skill is also integrated with A Church Near You – our national church finder that gets 13 million page views a year to find the nearest services and events
It also seeks to increase users’ knowledge of the Christian faith by answering questions such as: what is the Bible? Who is God? What is a Christian? Many of the answers draw on material from the Pilgrim discipleship course and The Pilgrim Way: A Short Guide to the Christian Faith which also feature in the Our Faith section of this site.
How to use the skill on your Alexa device
You can activate the Church of England skill by saying:
“Alexa, open the Church of England”
How are people using our Alexa skill?
- 35% are praying morning, evening, night and daily prayers
- 35% are exploring Christianity
- 20% are finding a church
- 10% are saying grace before a meal
Our future plans
While the Alexa skill has been launched first, we will be launching for Google Home and Apple HomePod s in due course.
This is the phase one of the project, built jointly by the Church’s Digital and Church House Publishing teams with specialist developer Aimer Media Ltd. We’re planning to ensure users can find more answers to faith questions and to explore on other platforms in future. The audio content will also be used on the Church’s website and social media channels in the months ahead, and integrated into Church House Publishing apps and audiobooks in due course.