"I love social media and I use it a lot. But on its own it can be impersonal and frankly sometimes a bit cold. It’s important to remember human connection, because being there for one another is a basic human need."At Christmas I believe something has been lost by the trend away from sending cards. E-cards or a group email are OK, but they’re no substitute for a hand-signed card through the letterbox. Sometimes traditional is good and it will be particularly important for me this year as I move to a new city, writing cards for those I’m leaving behind but then also delivering cards to new friends, neighbours and colleagues in Liverpool.
It’s about one to one connection – and pastorally, the gold standard for connection is hand-delivering a card. Of course you can’t do that for everyone, but whenever you do it’s such a gift to the giver as well as to the receiver.
The Rt Rev Paul Bayes
Bishop of Liverpool