Local Church App Developed by 19-Year-Old
2nd August 2019
Two months before his nineteenth birthday, Matthew Herman, took up the challenge to do something for God and his church. Although his music talents already benefit Plymouth and Cardiff churches, he wanted to do something more. At the time he had just completed his first year of a BSc in Computer Science at Cardiff University. Although he picked up some experience from his course, he took to his room for long hours during the day to research more computer coding language, in order to develop an app for Plymouth church.
The local church, as well as Area 1 supported him and by 26 July, 2019, two months later, Plymouth church app was launched on Apple IOS and Android platforms, ready for download to the church members.
A first for Plymouth church, this app offers local sermon podcasts, preaching plan, an events page, contact information, a weekly pastor's blog, links to Sabbath School lessons and a prayer request page.
Matthew is now currently working on a Health Expo app that will be useful for evangelistic church health screenings. He discovered that the software used by churches in the UK were produced in the USA, which often do not relate to UK requirements and guidelines. This app will attempt to fix that and make it user friendly for volunteers to use when offering health screenings.
Plymouth church uses the skills and gifts of young people regularly in the audio visual and music departments, including leading out in quarterly youth services and annual mission projects both locally and abroad. These and initiatives like Matthew's church app makes me proud as a father, and pastor, knowing that young people want to make differences in their churches and their communities and are desirous to be used by God.
Plymouth church app can be found on IOS and Android, by searching 'SDA Plymouth'.