Month: May 2014

Now You Can Have Jesus Hair!

Have you ever sat in Church and wondered?

What would Jesus look like if he was sat here and wearing the same clothes as the person sat next to me?

Well now you can find out!

Jesus Beard and Wig

Buy this wig from amazon, chuck it on your neighbor, and just for a second (before the wig gets thrown back at you), you’ll be able to see what Jesus would look like sat next to you in church.

Word of Warning, your church neighbor may think you’re a little weird if you actually do this.

In Exeter? Fancy Getting Your Running Shoes On?

Are you in or near Exeter?
Fancy getting your running shoes to get ready for The Great West Run?

How about doing it to help someone like Hayden?

Hayden found himself rough sleeping at age 21. ‘Life before the YMCA was horrible, dark, miserable – living in a cold box or even in a tent by the river.’ Hayden has recently moved into Exeter YMCA where he’s found security and support. ‘Since I’ve been in the YMCA, my life’s got better, I’ve achieved more than I’ve ever done in my life.’ Hayden has just started a training course which will give him the qualifications he needs to fulfil his dream of becoming a gym instructor.

This year Exeter YMCA will be entering a team into the Great West Run with the goal to raise £5,000. This will ensure that another homeless young person like Hayden will get a full year’s support at Exeter YMCA.

Fancy it?

If you go for it, you’ll also receive the benefit of a discounted entry, a free personalised T-Shirt, refreshments on the day, a team cheering squad and the chance of winning some fantastic prizes.

Interested?

Check out the Exeter YMCA website for further details, and to sign up.

Church Notice Board of The Week

Church Notice Board-With Extra Fire

Well heres one with a story behind it.

According to the Daily Mail, this was taken down after complaints were made to the police:

A baptist church was at the centre of a police probe after a sign which suggested non-Christians would ‘burn in hell’ was investigated as a ‘hate incident’.

The offending sign at Attleborough Baptist Church in Norfolk, pictured burning flames below words which read: ‘If you think there is no God you better be right!!’.

Now the church has been forced to remove the sign after a passer-by complained to police that it could ‘not be further’ from the Christian phrase, love thy neighbour.

Robert Gladwin, 20, said: ‘It is my basic understanding that Christianity is inclusive and loving in nature.

‘The message being displayed outside of the church could not be further from the often uttered phrase ‘love thy neighbour’.’

Mr Gladwin said he was ‘astounded’ when he spotted the poster by chance as he was walking home.

He said: ‘I was just astounded really. We live in the 21st century and they have put that message – that non-Christians will burn in hell – up to try and scare people into joining their mentality.’

The strongly-worded sign – which was put up next to a notice board which promises that visitors ‘can always be sure of a very warm welcome‘ – was taken down by Pastor John Rose, 69, after police launched an investigation into the complaint.

The italics were added by myself.

Interestingly, the article moves onto to include comments from Norfolk Humanists and the National Secular Society defending the churches right to free speech.

I hope for the sake of the guy that made the complaint, that he doesn’t see some of the other signs that pop up outside churches.

 

10 Ideas for A Church Fun Day

Family Fun Day Banner

It must be a hard decision at times for a church minister to take a sabbatical. There must be a million and one things to consider. Such as who’s going to preach? Who’s going to visit sick people? Will the church be happy to see them gone, are they likely to go and throw a Fun Day to celebrate?

There are also things for a church to consider when their minister goes on sabbatical. For instance, how should they celebrate their minister going away for a bit?

Some churches in this situation decide to host a “Fun Day”. If your church is also planning a fun day, here are a few ideas to get you started.

  1. Have people ready to ‘pounce’ on new faces!
  2. A really big cake!
  3. Some sort of local food, eg. In Scotland, serve Haggis, in Devon? Serve a cream tea.
  4. Bouncy Castle! Only big enough for one child at a time… or 20 adults bounding on.
  5. Second hand stall, with at least one kinda dodgy DVD.
  6. Different flavours of ice cream with Bible themed names. (Such as “Honey and Locust”)
  7. Connect 7. It’s a more biblical number then 4.
  8. Cage fighting pastors from elsewhere.
  9. Alpha sized smiles on everyone involved.
  10. The PCC / Deacons involved in a series of Gladiator style events…

 

Any ideas we missed?

What Would Characters From The Bible Really Look Like?

The Huffington Post have found a series of photographs from a photographer seeking to ask, What Would Characters From The Bible Really Look Like?

They’ve reported:

Plenty of films have taken a stab at bringing Bible stories to life, from “The Ten Commandments” and “Jesus Christ: Superstar” to this year’s “Son of God” and “Noah.” But despite those movies’ different genres and tones, these films all tend to share one similarity: They have white casts, even though the Bible’s characters would have been from parts of Africa or the Middle East. Photographer James C. Lewis ofNoire3000 | N3K Photo Studios has decided to rectify by presenting these iconic figures in a new light.

Lewis’ “Icons Of The Bible” photo series depicts some of the most famous characters from the Old and New Testament exclusively as people of color, including Simon Peter, Elijah, King Solomon and the archangel Gabriel. The series, which will be fully released in October, features 70 models who identify as either Asian, Native American, Hispanic, African, Middle Eastern, Black American and West Indian.

“I think it is very important to see one’s self in the Scripture so that it may become real in their eyes,” Lewis told The Huffington Post. “The whitewashing of the Bible has always bothered me. However I’m happy to now have the opportunity to give a different point of view.”

With Simon Peter looking more like a clean cut preacher than a fisherman, I can help but wonder if this is a Hollywood vision of Bible Characters?