A Quick Bible Study About Singing Stones

You know that weird bit in the Bible where Jesus says that thing about stones crying out, if his disciples were to stop worshipping?

This bit:

37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”[b]

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

Luke 19

Ever wondered what stones would sound like if they worshipped Jesus?

Would they sound something like this?

The Prayer of a 5-year-old

While walking along the sidewalk in front of his church, our minister heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar wilt.

Apparently, his 5-year-old son and his playmates had found a dead robin. Feeling that proper burial should be performed, they had secured a small box and cotton batting, then dug a hole and made ready for the disposal of the deceased.

The minister’s son was chosen to say the appropriate prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of what he thought his father always said: “Glory be unto the Father, and unto the Son, and into the hole he goes.”

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When a Photographer Goes To Praiseland.

Do you remember that episode of The Simpsons when Ned Flanders builds Praiseland, a Christian theme park?

Turns out that something like it exists in America, the dangerousminds website have a few photos from the The Holy Land Experience which is found in Orlando, Florida:

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More photos are found over at dangerousminds.net

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YOU Can Be Santa!

Well you can be like Santa, in that you can have a Santa outfit, and climb down buildings*.

YMCA Exeter is inviting you to abseil 80 foot dressed as Santa, to help transform the lives of homeless young people in Devon.

Where? Princesshay Car Park, Exeter

When? Saturday 6th December 2014

Who? This event is open to anyone over the age of 12. Those under 18 will need to have a parent/guardian accompany them to the event. Unfortunately pregnant women are not able to abseil.

Cost?: £15. This covers the abseil and administration costs.

Group Discount £72 per group of 6. To register as a group we require a team leader to complete the online form and we will then contact them with everything else they need to know.

Registration closes on Friday 28th November.

For more details see www.santaabseil.org.uk

*If you want to give out presents thats up to you and your pocket…

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How Churches Can Use Facebook Pages.

A while back, I posted “How Churches Can Use Facebook Groups“, it seemed a little popular, and as our Church in now looking into using a Facebook Page, I thought I should write a follow up to the previous post that is focused on how Churches can use Facebook Pages.

To start with, lets look at what Facebook say a page is:

Pages allow real organizations, businesses, celebrities and brands to communicate broadly with people who like them. Pages may only be created and managed by official representatives.

The suggestion being that a Facebook page is focused around news or content about an individual / organisation, an organisation such as your church.

If you’re not sure why you should be thinking about this, pastors.com reports that:

80% of people check out your website before attending your church. The second place they visit is your Facebook page to view pictures and dialogue between church members. In most situations your Facebook page is much more telling than your website.

If you’re thinking of starting a Facebook page for your church, or are looking for some extra hints, tips or ideas, you may find some below:

  1. Compared to Facebook Groups, Facebook Pages can be quite locked down. You can control who posts, set language controls, ban users, take a moment to explore the settings page and see what happens.
  2. Dont overload people, don’t post too much too often. You can schedule posts to go live on your page, therefore you can sit down, write a few posts, and then schedule them to go live over the course of the next few days / weeks.
  3. Remember to avoid “Churchy language” that non Church people may not understand.
  4. Get help. Find people to help monitor comments, update the site, and do anything that may be needed.
  5. Remember, if your Page gets more than 25 people liking it then you can choose a shortened address for your Page in the form of www.facebook.com/yourchurchname (you will also be able to use the address fb.com/yourchurchname). This is very useful for putting on publicity and much easier to pass on by word of mouth.
  6. Dont forget you can use the Pages App on your phone to update the page.
  7. Update your Facebook page, when you update the website. Use a wordpress plugin to auto update Facebook when your news or blog pages are updated.
  8. Think about when your posting, some people are more likely to check Facebook during the day than others.
  9. Post about things! Post about upcoming events, sermon podcasts, news items, Bible verses, Bible verses against arty backdrops, Church notices…. anything that may be important and interesting. Remember that schedule feature? Use it to post handy reminders about upcoming events, or any thing the Church may need to be reminded about!
  10. Make it up as you go along. Don’t get worried about what people think. If you get bogged down in rules you may avoid experimenting with an idea that may work really well and connect with people. Be creative.

Any more ideas?

For more info see  churchmarketingsucks.com, pastors.com, and fiec.org.uk.