Well this evening we took a quick survey of the people we could find, and asked them “How would you make church more exciting?”. These are the top ten answers we got:
- In door fireworks… At any given moment
- Britain’s got talent style buzzers used during the sermon
- If the preacher goes over the allocated time slot… Paint ball guns…
- Mute button on the worship leader for when he / she goes off on one.
- An interesting way of presenting the Bible reading
- A gunge tank… Because they’re not used enough these days…
- When someone finds a name thats complete unpronouncable a competition to be the first to say it the most ridiculusly should follow
- Drop subtle word changes into the song lyrics and see how many people around you actually sing them.
- After the service ends – organise fort building challenges using the pews / chairs / leadership team – to help build community.
- Employ a clown to welcome people in.
May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness.
I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful,
and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can.
And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.
With Thanks to Neil Gaiman and Pete Greig
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 )
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…
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.
Inspirational or a disturbed lunch?