Month: October 2012

Marking Prisoner’s Sunday in Exeter

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Exeter YMCA : ‘Prayer for Transformation’ prayer meeting in HMP ExeterAs long standing readers of The Church Sofa could have possibly figured, “Team Sofa” are supporters of the work undertaken by the Exeter YMCA. We’ve been asked to pass onto you the following invitation to an event in Exeter:

 

Dear friends,

Sunday 18th November is Prisoner’s Sunday, a national day of prayer.

To mark the occasion, Exeter YMCA is putting on a ‘Prayer for Transformation’ prayer meeting in HMP Exeter Chapel 4-5.30pm. We invite you to join with us as we pray for our prisoners.

Over the last year, Exeter YMCA has seen tremendous times of breakthrough within their Prison Project – which ministers to over 150 prisoners every year. Join us on Prisoner Sunday to pray for transformation within our local prisons; HMP Exeter, HMP Channings Wood and HMP Dartmoor – that His Kingdom may come!

Please note that all those intending to attend the prayer service must let me know by Monday 11th November, so I can inform the prison of who to expect. Please RSVP via email or phone 01392 410530. The address of HMP Exeter is: 30 New North Road, Exeter EX4 4EX.

Thanks

Sophie

Find out more about The Exeter YMCA here.

Debate Tuesday – Halloween or not to Halloween?

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Tomorrow, if you hadn’t already noticed, is October 31st. Generally also known as Halloween. There seems to be a few degrees of how Christians accept Halloween. Some people embrace it, possibly put on events like above, or go trick or treating.

Some people give out bible readings, and Christian branded bits and pieces.

Others dont answer the door.

What do you do?

Do you see any thing wrong with Halloween?

Do you or your church do anything over Halloween, or do you try and ignore it?

[Edit]Crimperman, and NinjaMonk have shared their views on Halloween.

5 Ponderings From Attending #cnmac12 Via Twitter

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Saturday 20th saw The Christian New Media Conference 2012 take place in London, now the great thing about it was that the amount of tweets that took place about the event using the #cnmac12 hashtag meant that if needed, people could attend the event… via twitter. Quite odd, not ideal, but still quite good fun and almost educational.

As I shared three lessons I took away from the conference last year, I decided to have a go at sharing a few ponderings and questions that stood out to me after attending #cnmac12 via Twitter, using some tweets that stood out.

1) Who are you. What do you represent?

If Jesus painted an image of God, so we can as well; what sort of image do we paint? Do our Twitter / Facebook streams look like one long collection of inspirational Nicky Gumbel / CS Lewis moments, or do we take a chance and share when we’re vulnerable? What if we over share when we’re vulnerable? I’m sure we’ve all seen those Facebook status’ that make it obvious that the person who wrote it is upset – but they dont want to say why…

Is there a happy medium between sharing the highs and lows of life, without coming across as either boastful, or that you’re just looking for attention?

2) The Future of Media.

Well I’m sure there have been news stories that I’ve heard about via newspapers / TV reports first… But I’m fairly sure I’ve heard about all the interesting stories via Twitter first. Is the online world really starting to influence the world of printed / on screen media? The tale of George Osborne and the Standard Class ticket was first told via Twitter before the news was available via other means. In her talk on “Has twitter made it ok to pray?“, Bryony Taylor suggests that the printed media now follows what happens first on digital media, with the observation that without Twitter, the headline “God is in control” would never have appeared in The Sun.

What does it mean for the humble church notice sheet if digital media is leading printed media?

3) Who Do We Talk To?

Do we stay within a Christian bubble online? Do we talk to people in our local neighborhood? If you’re on either Twitter or Google Plus, try out the “nearby” function, if nothing else you may end up finding a great way to get local news.

4) You Are Not Alone.

We read stories to remember we’re not alone in the world.
We read tweets and go on Facebook to connect to people.

And I guess, conferences like this are important in case you’re the lone webmaster / facebooker / creative type / tweeter in your church. Just remember: You are not alone.

5) Pickles.

Why?

This post originally appeared on The Big Bible Website

Bible in One Year – Week Nine #Bible365

Readings this week are:

Day 57

Exodus 39:1-40:38
Mark 9:2-32
Psalm 26:1-12

 

Day 58

Leviticus 1:1-3:17
Mark 9:33-10:12
Psalm 27:1-6

 

Day 59

Leviticus 4:1-5:13
Mark 10:13-31
Psalm 27:7-14

 

Day 60

Leviticus 5:14-7:10
Mark 10:32-52
Proverbs 6:12-19

 

Day 61

Leviticus 7:11-8:36
Mark 11:1-25
Psalms 28:1-9

 

Day 62

Leviticus 9:1-10:20
Mark 11:27-12:12
Psalms 29:1-11

 

Day 63

Leviticus 11:1-12:8
Mark 12:13-27
Psalms 30:1-7

Welcome to The Nativity Factor

So thats one way to tell The Nativity…

This is all in aid of the Nativity Factor, a competition ran by ITN and Jerusalem Productions, which last year gave the world The Beatbox Nativity. Reckon you can be as good as the beatbox, and possibly win £5000?

Check out thenativityfactor.com for further information

Personally I’d love to see an entry involving Star Wars Lego… and possibly a Dalek… but that could be just me…