Thisandy and his family are currently looking for a new church to call home. We loved our old church but it wasnt the right place for us and we felt God leading us to somewhere new.
So like Abraham we set off into the desert (Exeter) with no clue of where we were headed. It turns out you can spend a long time looking for a church to join. Whether its a key theology you do or don’t believe in or a practical issue like they dont have children’s groups for under 5’s and you’re both likely to be involved on a sunday morning (admittedly only an issue you have an under 5).
What I’ve noticed in Exeter is a lack of Cell Churches, where the core part of the church is local small groups that have a genuine outreach and impact on their local community and all the cell groups might meet together once a month, but your core place of meeting is your cell group yet you affiliate to the larger body.
Back in the early 2000’s it seemed you couldn’t go anywhere without meeting some who was either in or loved Cell Churches.
If you’re a cell church still thriving please comment….we love you and miss you.
If you’re an introvert like me, sometimes church can be a bit daunting. Especially moments like the peace, or ‘fellowship times’ read bad coffee and awkward chit chat. Some think that introversion is the same as being shy or withdrawn, it isn’t. In reality being introverted simply means you give rather than receive energy when around lots of people. Here’s our top ten tips for surviving church as an introvert:
Solo Prayer Walking is a great way to get some me time, whilst looking like you’re a great Christian!
Be careful which teams and rotas you agree to join. You don’t have to say yes to all of them.
That said sometimes joining a rota is a great way to limit the amount of people you have to interact with if that helps.
If you go to a church that does ‘The Peace’ just remember it will be over soon! And try not to make eye contact with ‘that guy’.
Don’t feel like you have to stay for the Church lunch afterwards. It’s great to hang out with church people, but if it is too much at once feel free to leave a bit early, no one will mind!
If you’re nervous about praying out loud in a group, sometimes it helps to get in there earlier rather than later, less time to worry about it etc.
If you’re like me, sometimes being ‘up the front’ actually makes it easier. For me speaking to a large group doesn’t drain me in the same way a smaller group might. I think it feels more like my own space.
Get involved in the areas of church your passionate about. If you love playing music in the band you’re much more likely to stick at it than if you join the tea and coffee team yet don’t like making tea or coffee!
You can always try and take over the churches Pokemon Gym, or at least get some great screen shots of pokemon ‘attacking’ church members!
Remember everyone else there is your brother and sister in Christ. It’s okay to feel like you’ve had enough time with them, but we are still a family!
Have you ever been in church and found yourself wondering what the guitarist is doing? You may be in awe of their skill, you may have a sound tech who doesn’t like guitarists so you can’t hear him or you may think that it wouldn’t be that hard to do a better job yourself!
Our own ThisAndy (thats me by the way) is a regular worship leader and guitarist at his church in Exeter. I (still ThisAndy) like to think that I’m a pretty decent guitarist. I believe God has given me a gift in music and worship leading; and I have put, and keep on putting, a lot of practice into getting better.
I choose to share this with other people, by teaching guitar as well as working. I also offer a specific worship guitar lessons program for worship leaders, worship guitarists and people who’d like to learn specifically for their own worship at home, or in church. I teach guitar lessons in Exeter, but I’m also able to teach over Skype.
To find out more about Andy’s guitar lessons in Exeter check out the following links.
This morning I led our prayer meeting at work. I chose to show an older Louie Giglio message(you can tell it’s old as he uses a Bible rather than an iPad!) called How Great is Our God. Check it out below
After watching this I felt pretty small, in a good kinda way. I love when he says that sin makes us seem bigger and God seem smaller – just gets everything out of perspective.
My question for you is: How do we keep that perspective?