We had a splendid time at the Christian Blog and Web Awards last night. The organisers really put on a fantastic event at St Stephen Wallbrook, and I was most impressed. The evening started with champagne and mingling, after which the Bishop of London gave a speech. Hopefully this and other elements of the evening will, before too long, be on the Premier website or on Premier TV, but they aren’t there at the time of writing. The meal was a tasty treat, and then came the awards. These, from memory, were the winners – there are a couple I will need to add:
Best Church Website: King’s Church Manchester
Best Worship Blog or Site: Worship Central
Best Young Christian Blog (for under 25s): Unfurling Flower, by Emily
Most Inspiring Leadership Blog: Unashamed Workman (Thanks to Krish for remembering this)
Most Successful Evangelistic Blog or Site: Rejesus
Best Christian Newcomer Blog: Krish Kandiah (His post about the awards)
Best Christian News and Reviews Site: Christian Today
Best Provision for Youth Blog or Website: Soul Survivor
Best Christian Social Action website: Stop the Traffik
Premier Radio & Premier Online People’s Choice: Mindandsoul.info
Best Creative Christian blog or website: Um… me.
In fact mine was the first award of the evening to be awarded, which was a bit nerve wracking. I gave a short garbled three sentence speech in which (in hindsight) I should have explained what my blog is about. But I did remember to thank my wife and you, the blog commenters, even if I did forget to thank God, Premier and the cats. So, thanks to everyone who has been involved. I received a splendid glass trophy and a present, which is a wireless rabbit. I will look forward to playing with that later.
Here is a picture of me leading everyone in prayer:
The photo was staged after the event as like a fool I checked my camera into the left luggage area before the evening began. I blinked as I always do these days when flash photographed.
I will link to official and other reports of the event as I discover them (see ‘Update’ below). I suspect most people who were there are still having a lie in.
Thanks again to Premier for organising the Awards – I hope they continue and flourish.
- Russ has posted a report on Inspire.
- The official Christian Blog Awards site now has a rundown of the winners.
- The official photos are up too on Flickr
- Emily has posted about the awards on Unfurling Flower
- I enjoyed chatting to Simon Harvey of Oadby – his brief report is here.
- Comment from Unashamed Workman, who didn’t know he’d been entered.
- Report from Gavin White, one of the people behind the Kings Church Manchester site.
Update (Tuesday and onwards):