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Bitcoin Press Release

St Paul’s Ashgrove - Bitcoins Accepted Here!

31st December 2013

St. Paul’s Ashgrove has extended their welcome to Bitcoins, a new virtual currency. The Church community seek to raise attention to how online behaviour impacts on the real world by offering people an achievable New Years resolution. Bitcoins have somewhat of a bad reputation because they have been widely used to conduct anonymous illegal transactions. St. Paul’s are asking people to donate bitcoins as their New Years resolution to promote awareness that the cyber world has real world consequences.

The Reverend Tiffany, Priest in Charge of St. Paul’s says:

‘We all make New Years resolutions that while good intentioned we are not going to keep. Giving a bitcoin this New Years will make a real difference to people who are 

bereaved, itinerant, homeless or fleeing abusive situations. These are the very people that are currently affected by bitcoin trades.”

"While we are responding to a real need in our community, we are also making a bigger point about society and the impact of technology.   Bitcoins themselves can be used for both good and bad reasons, many people have chosen the latter.  At St Paul's we'd like to change that. New Years is an opportunity for a fresh start, the very thing our Church offers."

"By allowing people to donate their bitcoins to a legitimate mainstream church, we can hope that people out there who have found themselves on the wrong path can use this opportunity to turn their life around in 2014"

"We encourage people to be reflective about their actions in the cyber world and how they impact people in real life... Black Market websites such as ‘Silk Road’ have used bitcoins in the past for buying and selling illegal items, such as drugs, guns and pornography. Donating to St. Paul’s to help those who have been exploited by such things is a worthy 2014 resolution for anyone who currently has bitcoins that they might be using in ways they realise are wrong. We are offering a fresh start, and an opportunity to right some wrongs by presenting a way to use bitcoins for not only the benefit of whole communities - but to also helping people instead of hurting them.”

The Rev'd Tiffany Sparks, 32, herself from generation "Y" has seen first hand the terrible consequences of abuse.  Yet the message that she wants people to have is one of hope.

"Technology is just a tool.  People decide whether it is used for good or evil.  We want to give people a chance to make the right decision and a fresh start for 2014.   They need to know that regardless of how protected and anonymous they feel on the internet, their actions are having real consequences and hurting real people.  This will hopefully give them a chance to think about that."

To find out more about St Paul's and its bitcoin giving program, visit