Weekly Round Up: The Beer at Church edition

Here’s this weeks round up:

  • Jon Butler wonders why we crave certain objects and positions.
  • Nick Welford at CVMen looks at Selective Thinking
  • Randy Elrod looks at one way to gain self confidence.
  • Vic The Vicar and The Vernacular Curate declares today to be “Mrs Vicarage Sunday”
  • The eChurch Blog looks at a survey which basically asks “Do you think it legitmate for the media to report clergy adultery?”
  • And finally… Tony Campolo looks at a great outreach idea – I want to check out this church in question!!!

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Where Have You Experienced Awe?

I think, if asked I would be able to sum our our recent trip to Italy nice and easily:

Pizza, wine, and (free to enter) churches.

The Pizza was almost always beautiful. In Italy if you want beautiful pizza, just go anywhere thats half decent… its amazing how little you need to pay for decent red wine… and those churches… I cant think of one Church that we wondered in that didn’t slow down the soul, and made the heart go wow.

There was this one Church near where we were staying in Venice (which didn’t make it into The Lonely Planet), which just seemed to blow me away with it grand architecture. walking

around there, I found myself pondering the love and motivation of the people that built the place. There was a definite feeling  that hit as you walked in. Was I walking onto Holy Ground?

Richard Littledale has started collecting a map of locations around the world showing where people have experienced awe. Give his blog a read to find the story behind the map, or indeed click on the map and add your own “awe location”.

 

 

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The Youthclub Diaries: One Year On.

A long ago (9th March 2010)  – on a blog far far away, I wrote down the following comments:

I don’t know…

We rejig youthclub, the overal reaction to a non structured club seems to be well recieved. But it still feels like a battle… and I’m kinda tired of it…

As part of this we somehow seemed to have dropped the bible talk. Tonight I’ve felt quite challenged about this – whats the difference between us and a non-Christian youth club?

So how do we fix it…

I don’t know…

Less then two weeks later… we stopped it.

It was with the idea of relaunching the youthclub for the second half of the Summer Term on a trial basis. We made a few tweaks to the setup, different times, different approach to any spiritual input, different discipline system, and I’m sure a few other bits and pieces. I remember thinking at the time that I didn’t really have a clue what I was doing.

We’re still going after a year  – and by Gods Grace… its fantastic. We have a fantastic relationship with the young people coming along, they’re asking questions about what we believe – the whole thing just (mostly) feels fun.

And I still feel like I’m making it up as I go along….

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Weekly Round Up – The “I’m Sorry” Edition

Here’s  this weeks / last weeks round up:

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Round Up – After The Royal Wedding Edition

Welcome to this weeks roundup:

  • ASBOJesus looks at the royal wedding
  • The MadPriest looks at the reaction from Westminster Abbey to Ben Sheward – the cartwheeling verger.
  • Moving away from the wedding… CNN looks at the story of J.Wilson… and his Beer only fast.
  • Jon Butler looks at all being about context.
  • And finally… The Church Mouse has released his birth certificate to confirm he is indeed a mouse. Sadly it doesn’t confirm why he looks a little bit gerbil…

 

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Ben Sheward – Hero of The Week

We’re going to start a new weekly* series called Hero / Villain of the week. Basically people would be a hero if they did something particularly cool, something note worthy… in a positive way… If someone is awarded “Villain” they just made us wince, sigh, or just shout out “DOH”.

We’re starting with Ben Sheward a verger at Westminister Abbey, who after a successful royal wedding, did cartwheels down the centre aisle. In my mind he managed to show great joyful emotion from the Westminister Abbey crew, sum up the mood of a nation, and provide a fantastic comedy moment at the same time.

Here is that moment:

Sorry about Phillip Schofield.

*We say “weekly” – we may not do another one for months…

[EDIT – 2nd May] Sadly it seems our hero has been looked upon as a Villain by the powers that be, and has been in trouble for showing joy… the Arch Bishop Cranmer is collecting a petition together in his support. May be worth checking it out… Please…

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The Weekly Round Up – The Delayed Edition

Due to easterLive taking over last week – please consider this less of a “roundup” – more a collection of random bits and pieces:

  • Did you like the Lego Easter? You may enjoy the Jelly Baby Easter
  • The 21st Century Christian makes a comment on his local Easter celebrations.
  • Moving away from Easter, and back on an old topic… @Gerrarrdus looks at tweeting in Church.
  • The Archbishop of Canterbury makes a good move.
  • While the Bishop of Oxford doesn’t make a good move… The Church Mouse takes a look at what he said…
  • On a different note, DigitalSpy have done an article on controversial video games – look out for the question that they leave us all with.
  • Last but not least, huge thanks to ShareCreative and all the folks involved with running EasterLIVE. Personally I loved how it brought home to me the crazy events that was the original Easter… it also gave me an excuse to play with Lego…

 

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The #howtosurviveachurchAGM List

So you’re there, at the Church Annual General Meeting, its ten minutes in and you’re already planning your exit strategy… What do you do to escape the meeting… What do you do… The list we came up with:

  1. Gnaw your own legs off, or dig a tunnel…
  2. Arrange for the youthclub to turn up half way through the AGM – pop out to deal with it!
  3. Light the thurible under the smoke detector (be careful with this… the meeting may be postponed until another time)
  4. Volunteer to help count the votes… resist the temptation to tamper with the results (200 Votes for the Church Cat to join the PCC may seem funny, but apparently isn’t acceptable behaviour…)
  5. Create make believe child… that you need to rush out and look after… because your make believe child is crying…
  6. Volunteer your mate sat next to you for things when they’re not paying attention.

With thanks to @Gerrarrdus for joining in the game with some of the above suggestions… just a shame my reception died… Please feel free to tweet or comment any of your suggestions!

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