Between The Station and The Hospital

When I was younger, I came across a pastime known as “people watching”. Every now and then, a friend and I would find ourselves in the front of a coffee shop, and the two of us watched the outside world. We’d sit there, comment, and take it all in.

As I’ve grown up. I’ve realised that was stupid. Coffee shops are not where the action is found. For real people watching, go to a train station! Preferably a nice big train station. You get to see people who lost, confused, and sometimes saying good bye. But you also get to see people having laugh, relaxing, and being reunited with loved ones. Even if its just their luggage. This is where you really get to see people at their most emotional… People watching at its best…

A similar but more sobering sight greeted a few of us last night, as we approached the Exeter Casualty department. People on their mobiles, updating loved ones… People carrying children away… That person who comments “I’ve done something stupid…”

It occurred to me.

English folk aren’t great at showing emotion, but there seems to be a few places where we let our guard down, like Train Stations / Airports  or Hospitals. Between the comings, goings, arrivals, and sometimes painful goodbyes, it does sometimes look and feel a little raw.

As I sat there in the waiting room, watching our mate occasionally wince in pain, I wondered.

Where does the church fit into this?

Is “Church” a place where we can be in pain, or are we to busy being ok?

Church Sofa Guide To Church: The Harvest Service

So the research is in. And we have the definitions in for “The Harvest Service”:

  • A Sunday morning service where people bring in fresh fruit and veg to send over seas.
  • A Sunday morning service where people bring in non fresh food for local needy people… that may not have a tin opener.
  • The yearly service where we thank God for his goodness to us.
  • A service where people auction themselves to raise money for a new Church roof.
Serious question. In a world where we get our fresh food and meat from Tescos, is there still a place for the Harvest Service?

Introducing Bible-Opoly

From the ebay page:

Bible Opoly – One of the most popular Christian games of all time!

BIBLEOPOLY has very unique game play. The object of the game is to be the first player to build a church in one of the Bible cities. In BIBLEOPOLY, you can’t win by destroying your opponents. You will only win by assisting the fellow players. Cooperation is what allows you to gain the things necessary to build your church and be a winner.

Please Note: USA designed & manufactured – Game Currency $

Possibly a game for the rev. in you life???

Weekly Roundup: The Creative Edition

Did anyone comment about Facebook?

Church Sofa Half Serious Guide To Church: In Christian Love

Normally when putting together a definition for our “Half Serious Guide To Church”, we give our researchers a task or a phrase and send them to Church. This time we decided to experiment on them. We sat them all down together in a tiny room and asked them to do something “in Christian Love”.

The reactions were interesting.

  • One turned around to another… and well gave some rather… blunt personal advice…
  • One guy laughed. Hit another. Said that was done “in Christian love”.
  • Someone got up, and made everyone tea.

I suppose 1 positive reaction isn’t bad..?