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Once upon a time, not too long ago, I pondered online what to do for a #digidisciple post. There was a suggestion that as prep for this years Christian New Media Conference, I should look at ‘story’…
I guess I don’t have a story to tell here, more a stream of consciousnesses…
So do we actually hear many stories in the church? I guess we tell Bible stories in church, but do we tell our stories? When I hear about stories being told in church, I think less of the Bible and I picture people giving their testimonies. The church I used to go along to made a big deal of people standing up and sharing their “testimony” (Normally the story of how they became a Christian), while the church I go along to now doesn’t seem to make a big deal out of people sharing their testimony, but maybe this is a Baptist / Anglican thing?
The thing about testimonies is that even though they are known for a telling of how you became a Christian, they are also known for telling of what God has done in your life recently. What if we don’t feel God is doing anything special right now? Is the church only excited about people sharing exciting stories of grace and lives being changed?
Do we only tell stories in Church that have a start and a finish point? Is life that neat and tidy?
We’ve looked at enough stats on the Big Bible to suggest we live in a world that now partly exists online.
The wonderful thing about today’s Twitter and Facebook influenced world, is that we all have a way of telling the story of our lives, which is what’s happening with personal stories being shared ranging from being jobless to expecting a new child. With people sharing their stories to a world that they hope is listening, I do wonder, what stories does the Church seem interested in? Is there enough space for the sharing of our personal stories? Is your church Twitter account used to advertise events and services, or is it also used to retweet news from other people? Is there encouragement within your church to meet up face to face? Does your church Facebook page get advertised in order for awareness of it to be increased?
I guess a quote from last years Christian New Media Conference could sum this all up.
Share your life online. Someone may be better off because of it.
- What place do you think Storytelling has in church?
- What are the best examples of personal story telling that you’ve found online?
- How do we tell someone else’s story?
This post originally appeared on The Big Bible
Welcome to this weeks edition of the weekly round up:
- Norman Ivison over at Missional Musings looks at 8 ways to keep young adults out of your church, very useful reading for some people! (with thanks to @freshexpression for the tip)
- The guys over at Church Mag, argue why you shouldn’t tweet during a sermon. How do you feel about people who tweet during a sermon?
- Dean Roberts looks at a brand new type of social network!
- Chris wonders what the church could learn from Apple?
- Phil Cooke shares how he finds inspiration.
- … and finally… Vic The Vicar provides evidence that THAT ukraine goal wasn’t over the line…
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Hello, and welcome to the this weeks weekly roundup:
- @JoRoyal talks churches, Twitter, and if its peoples “thing”.
- @OlMoore reminds us to look at far we’ve come…
- Vicky Beeching looks at the growing trend of buying Twitter followers.
- Vic The Vicar shares some feedback he’s received…
- We’ve updated our 12 baskets portfolio…
- … and finally try tweeting a photo of what church means to you, with the hashtag: #thisischurch then check it out on thisischurch.me
I imagine that if we were to list the questions asked by church going folks over the ages, one of the oldest might well be: “Where do we ‘do’ Church?” Where should people meet together as a community of believers?
So for the next two weeks we’re going to be asking: “Should Church meet in a church or a shed?”
Now, I just want to be clear. I don’t really mean a shed. I mean any building that isn’t a “church building”, so therefore schools, homes, pubs, sheds etc…
This week, we’re going to look at why Church should meet in a shed? (With thanks to our sample group who offered a lot of opinions on the subject)
- Churches that don’t meet in a Church Building, don’t have to worry about fixing the spire.
- We can keep the focus on meeting where people are.
- Its easier to invite someone to church in your home… Apparently.
- Need to put a chair stacking rota together? Meet in someones home… they already have chairs.
- Find it difficult to find something to lean when you make sermon notes? Meet in a pub… they have tables!!!
- No cold church halls!!!
- You’re not going to have everyone complain about the tea
- Meet in a pub? Get a pint.
- Meeting in peoples homes increases the chances of sharing each others lives and journeys…
- By meeting in a shed you can be thankful you don’t have to be “distracted” by maintenance issues… thereby making you far more spiritual then that lot up the road that meet in an old unusable church building…
Next week, we’ll look at why the Church should meet in a church building
- Does your Church meet away from a church building?
- Any particular reason why?
Communion, (otherwise known as Holy Communion, Eucharist, The Lord’s Supper, The Breaking of Bread, and Mass) is an act of Christian worship which involves sharing bread and wine between the people present. This is to remember The Last Supper and the events that followed it.
A solemn act of worship to remember the ultimate act of love.
Sadly sometimes people do take communion for various reasons:
- Because Church happens so early in the morning that you skipped breakfast… And that bread looks good.
- Because you’re in the church worship band, and every gig needs alcohol.
- It’s a rite of passage.
- It’s kinda the reason why we are there in the first place…
- If you’re a Christian and have a drink early on a Sunday morning, that’s ok and socially acceptable.
- Because if you take a big enough lump of bread, you can save money on lunch…
- Because (by sharing one cup between many people) we prove Christians don’t get ill.
- Because seeing how high Jesus’ blood alcohol level is, makes us a little less guilty about our own.
- Because they have real wine… and your last church used the non alcoholic stuff…
- Think how long the sermon would be if the communion wasn’t there, as such people take Communion because they’re thankful.
Any other reasons?
Welcome to the weekly roundup for this week:
- Getting us started… the Liturgy blog has picked up on the campaign by Biblical Missiology against some choices that organisations like Wycliffe, Frontiers and SIL are making in their Bible translations
- Archbishop Cranmer brings a very sensible response to the said “campaign”. (On a personal note, I’ve heard how great these translations are, and how much they help discussing Christ in a non Western context. Long may the great work of Wycliffe and others continue!)
- Richard Littledale has a well spent 30 seconds.
- The Rev Giles Fraser asks Richard Dawkins a simple question…
- Continuing the Mars Hill / Church Discipline saga, christianitytoday.com has a story on leaders being “removed from ministry” (h/t
- …in case you missed it, it was Valentines day this week… here are 10 ways to have a horrible first date if you’re a Christian.
Well. The news is filled with reports of how cold its going to get this weekend, so stay in – and give this list a read!
- Richard Littledale reminds us Gods promises.
- The eChurch blog looks at the most search Bible passage on Biblegateway.com
- There have been an interesting amount of comments recently about the issue of discipline at the Mars Hill churches in America. Possibly out of these comments, marshillrefuge.blogspot.com has been formed. I’d recommend checking out the first post before passing judgement to quickly.
- Phil Maylor plays Wheres Jesus?
- The Baptist website Beyond400 wonders a world without denomination
- As someone who feels a little separated from Manchester at points… I cant help but feel a little intrigued by praylovemanchester.com. If you’re based in Manchester, it may be worth keeping an eye on this.
- … And Finally… The Church Mouse has returned for a one blog post about Ladies Hats…