AQA in the press

With all the news about the the ordination of gay clergy in the SEC just now my appearance in The Herald and the Edinburgh Evening News came and went without comment.

Priest texts for divine inspiration

A PRIEST has turned to a mobile phone text information service for inspiration for his sermons.

Father Gareth Saunders, who serves two parishes in Edinburgh, was converted to the question-and-answer service after it correctly predicted the identity of a new bishop.

The 33-year-old cleric now makes many of his church decisions based on the recommendations of the Any Question Answered service.

Father Saunders, who serves St Salvador’s in Stenhouse and the Church of the Good Shepherd, Murrayfield, said the service helped him to prepare his sermons by asking it for the location of biblical passages.

“It’s an alternative form of divine inspiration, ” he said.

He was converted to the idea when he and other clergymen asked the service who was the most likely candidate for new bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane. “A few months later, we found it had got the answer absolutely right.”

The Herald

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Texting is divine says mobile-mad minister

A CITY minister has turned to a new text information service for inspiration.

The Rev Gareth Saunders, who serves two parishes in Edinburgh, was converted to the question-and-answer service after it correctly predicted the identity of a new bishop.

The 33-year-old cleric now makes many of his church decisions based on the Any Question Answered (AQA) recommendations. The service, launched almost a year ago, is used by mobile phone owners across the UK and has already answered more than 200,000 questions.

Mr Saunders, who serves St Salvador’s in Stenhouse and The Church of the Good Shepherd, Murrayfield, said the service helped him prepare his sermons.

“It’s an alternative form of divine inspiration,” he said. “Often when I’m trying to find factual information to use in my sermons, I will text AQA to ask them the answer.

“My knowledge of where things are in the Bible isn’t totally spot on so I’ll often ask AQA where the passage is located. So far, it has always comes back with the right answer.”

AQA marketing director Steve Bradley said the service was “like Google on a mobile”.

Edinburgh Evening News

I have to say that I wasn’t entirely pleased with the line “The 33-year-old cleric now makes many of his church decisions based on the Any Question Answered (AQA) recommendations.” No I don’t! What kind of integrity would I have if I simply texted all my queries about the church to AQA?! Honestly! the media sometimes.

You’ll also notice that they didn’t print the number (63336) or that it costs £1.00 per question. Also, Steve Bradley isn’t the AQA marketing director. Steve is the Senior Associate Director, Sports Marketing and Sponsorship at Hill & Knowlton (UK) Ltd. The AQA marketing director is Paul Cockerton (who, trivia fans, used to be involved with Psion).

One thought on “AQA in the press”

  1. 😀 we were talking about AQA on the way down to Nottingham at the weekend – what a coincidence!! You’re so famous Gareth, I’m not really surprised. Hope you’re enjoying your well earned break, love to you both! x

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