The Church Sofa Awards 2010

For some odd reason people seem to like celebrating the passing of time… and who are we to ignore a band wagon?

Here are the Church Sofa Awards – results based on what we see from our sofa:

Twitter Hero: Dave Walker – For a combination of his fairly funny tweets and  for bringing the Steelroots saga to everyones attention.

Best Web Project: The Natwivity – Really really close run thing… But… the website… Facebook… Twitter… Loved it!
Honourable Mention: The Big Bible Project

Biggest Challenge: Phil Cooke asks do you show up?

Best Christian-Blogger-Who-Is-Kinda-Well-Known-In-Christian-Circles: Vicky Beeching – Great blog for a combination of worship stuff, church comment, tech comment, and Beechingness.

The Best Bad Idea: Why you don’t celebrate Christmas in Church with a Camel.

Best Alien: Elvis – because the Daleks haven’t yet wrote a blog post…

Villain of the year: Steelroots  – The American TV Station – not the youthgroup… We would hate anyone to be confused….. (Find more info here )

Weekly Round Up: The Obvious Christmas Edition

Hi, I’m Elvis. Elvis The Alien.

I’m one of the pets that sometimes sit on The Church when the two Andys arn’t looking.

Well seeing they are both doing Christmassy things they have left me in charge of the weekly roundup.

As its been hard to avoid Christmas stuff this week, I’m going to be predictable and keep with it…

  • Well… if you’ve had the BBC on during the last few evenings the chances are you’ve seen The Nativity on BBC1. I couldn’t help but love it, and thought the Tony Jordan interview with The Telegraph was an insight into the journey he went through while writing it. For a more traditional ‘media’ interview, it also worthwhile checking out the online press pack for The Nativity.
  • The Urban Pastor asks what does a Virgin Birth really mean?
  • Richard Littledale looks at a…rather odd themed Christmas service. Personally I’m not a fan, but as I’m an alien I dont really like food.
  • While finally… the mouse lets us see his letter to Santa

Well thats me done.

Sorry about the photo btw… I’m not sure if ThatAndy knew what he was doing when he took it…

What was Tony Jordans: “The Nativity” about?

Well. Its been and gone, but what was Tony Jordans: “The Nativity” all about?

Easy Answer. The Birth of Jesus

Was it really?

You have the Magi, Herod, Elizabeth and the whole cast but the script seemed to really draw out two characters; Thomas and Joseph. Two guys struggling with faith. Thomas  has a simple job as a shepherd. He believes in God, but struggles with money, work, health, and finding his place in the world.

While Joseph, in my opinion has the biggest story of them all. A little shy and perhaps a little unsure of himself we see him fall in love with the girl he’s been dreaming for, we see how much he misses her when she was gone, and we see his heart break. We see him question, we see him run, and we see him return.

A few days ago I commented to @iccleanne, that the Church almost seems less human around Christmas time. Worship becomes about predictable carols, sermons almost become guessable, the whole Church thing at Christmas… I cant help but sometimes feel its scripted…

The Nativity reminds us of the humanity at the centre of Gods heart.

Even if Mary is wrapped in Blue by the end…

Watch on iPlayer.

Weekly Round Up: The Out of This World Edition…

…trust me, it kinda is:

  • (Not really from this week but still kinda applies to events of of this week as well) The Kouya Chronicle calls for prospective in the light of recent votes that have made the news. (With thanks to @RobinS for the tip)
  • Imagine the church sofa… but with rose wine, cushions, and less pizza left gathering dust. It might look something like Purposeful Purity. Very cool blog, except they think that Spiderman is better then Batman…
  • Looking for a last minute Christmas present? Maybe worth while checking out Patriarch, a novel based on Abraham, and available at cost price… or even cheaper… but donating to ICY might be nice.
  • Talking about Christmas, Dave Walker has helped us to understand the symbolism behind Christmas.
  • Jon Butler looks at the importance of being together.
  • And finally… This camera actually does get lifted out of this world.  (Really very cool)

Why Christmas?

Christmas.
Its a mad time really, full of dashing around making sure everyone is happy, but have you ever wondered about some of what we do at Christmas, such as:

  • Why do we have Christmas Trees?
  • Why bother sending Christmas Cards to each other?
  • Who on earth is Father Christmas anyway?
  • Where did this all start?

The WhyChristmas website aims to answer these questions of the season and many more, and worth checking out.

How to find a carol service

Want to find a carol service?

Maybe you fancy a chance to do something traditional, eat some mince pies, sing a few carols by candle light, or something?

Well if you’re in the Exeter area then you have www.findacarolservice.com, yes the picture is a little cheesy, yes there is  bug in the database (put a space in your post code – or its odd), and no my own C of E church isn’t in there… oh and there seems to be a church called NULL…

…but I do like the idea.

(With hand tip to the mouse.)