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Cell Phones Blocked in British Bar

The Gin Tub, a bar south of London, has employed technology from the 1830’s called a Faraday Cage to block cell phone signals inside of the bar. Patrons are unable to use their phones in the bar, and for the most part, it has changed the culture of the bar, winning the loyalty of many who enjoy the experience.

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Why this story matters for church leaders:

While pubs and bars are an important part of the community culture in Britain, American churches could take note of this unique bar’s attempt to build better community.

  • Alternatives to Blocking: There are most likely safety and legal concerns with blocking cell signals, but can churches be more proactive in discouraging the use of cell phones on Sunday morning?
  • Relying on Cell Phones? Perhaps your church relies on cell phones to use church-based apps on Sunday morning, but are there unintended costs to community when it comes to relying on cell phones?
  • Creating Spaces: A bar creates a public space to gather with friends. How can churches create social spaces in their buildings in order to encourage members to spend more time with each other?

What can you control about your church’s environment and culture when it comes to encouraging more community and conversation?

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