Sell Greenbelt To Me!

I have something to admit.

While “This Andy” is a Greenbelt regular, I have never actually gone along. But I have to admit, the combination of this years line up, and watching the #gb11 twitter stream has kinda made me want to go. Actually I wanted to go this year – but thats a whole different story…

So – if you have any opinions about Greenbelt, I have some questions for you!

  • In your words, what is it?
  • Is it worth going along?
  • Why is it worth going along?
  • Would you drag your non Christian mates along?
Really really interested in what you reckon, particularly that last point. I’d love to hear what you reckon either in the comments below, via the email link to your left, or on Twitter ( we’re @thechurchsofa )

The Simpsons View on Riots

So the England riots happened. It will probably be the English based news story for August. And after all the comment. After all the opinion. After all the talk we’ve heard, I’d just like to bring peoples attention to the following quote from a certain police chief:

“rioting gives people a sense of community. And isn’t that what we’re all seeking in this age of computers and global warming?”

Chief Wiggum – “Springfield Shopper”

The full article which looks at the history of riots directed at Homer Simpson, is available with The Simpsons Movie DVD.

Where is My Church?


I’m sorry.

This post is going to be a mess, but hopefully in a good way. Hopefully you’ll see why. Hopefully I’m not about to kill the Big Bible readership in one foul swoop.

I was going to write about my day…

You see, I’m not a morning person. Yet somehow between when I stumble bleary eyed out of bed, and putting one foot in front of the other as I walk out the door, I have already checked Twitter.

I get on the bus, and if I remember, I try and read a Bible chapter on the iPhone. While a friend of mine across the city uses his YouVersion Android app to run through a Bible Reading Plan.   While this is going on, other people receive teaching from famous voices on podcasts, have personal worship times thanks to the MP3s on their headphones, and can connect with other like minded Christians via Twitter.

Every couple of weeks, a friend and I meet up after work. Have a beer, share in each others lives, and work though the Bible. Obviously not by using a book… but by using our smart phones.

I was going to share my worries that maybe we’re making it too easy for people to feel they didn’t need to go to Church. I was going to ponder if online communities like Twitter, ease of access to worship tunes, and ability to watch sermons online were giving people the chance to have their church on tap.

But maybe I was being too harsh? I was going to post something like the above, but then a @bigdaddywhale posted the below on Twitter:

I belong to many expressions of church. My favourite right now is Twitter. Thank you my family.

If that left me thinking, what he followed up with was almost like a slap around the face:

This is my #Digichurch this is where I heal my hurts

Many expressions of Church… Twitter. The Pub. Google Hangouts. Sunday Mornings. An Online Service.

The end of Acts Chapter 2, tells of the early Church meeting in each others homes, sharing in  each others lives. Are we simply just doing the same thing in our digital lives? Just on Twitter accounts, blogs, and Google Plus pages?

If we are living lives in a digital space, do we need to have a rethink about what it means to be Church?

So I’m sorry.

That was all a bit messy. But isn’t that what it’s like to be in a church any way?

  •  ”This is My Church, This is where I heal my hurts” – Taken from the Faithless tune: “God is a DJ

Weekly Roundup: The Bank Holiday Edition

Well… with the bank holiday around the corner, and everyone having plans for the long weekend, we’ve brought the weekly roundup today. See if you can guess the theme:

  • Anna looks forward to the #iMass – in fact I think I’ve got a picture or two featured in it as well…
  • @Gurdur is a lion being thrown to the Christians…
  • @thomasashmead shares his SoulSurvivor memories…
  • Dave Walker of The Cartoon Church asks for peoples plaster casts, and discusses other Greenbelt type things…
  • …and finally… Not forgetting… Our own game. Are you ready to play, WheresAndy?

Calling all Greenbelters

If you’re going to Greenbelt this year, we have a special challenge for you. Our very own ThisAndy is going to be at greenbelt. And you all have a chance to win a very special prize*. All you have to do to win this prize, is find ThisAndy at Greenbelt, and get his attention and say to him the following phrase:

“You’re Andy Hood, from The Church Sofa, can I have my prize now please?”

There are also some clues available,

  • There is a picture of him below.
  • Follow @andy_hood on twitter as he may post some clues as to his whereabouts and where he might be found.
  • He is one of the contributors to the festival











*Please note: prize may not be special at all.

10 Ways To Hurry Up A Boring Sermon

So you’re in the service, its got to the sermon, and it feels like the sermon has been going on… since forever… Well here is the Church Sofa List of how to tell the preacher in question, its time to wrap it up…

  1. Stand at the back – make a “your fly is down” motion..
  2. Arrange your row to pretend to sleep at the same time.
  3. Rig up some sort of traffic light system…
  4. Split the congregation up into three sections, get some sort of Britains Got Talent system going…
  5. Everyone. Look at the clock.
  6. Adjust the clock so you can speed it up… You will need to steal the preachers watch to do this!
  7. Everyone in the congregation… Set your alarms to go at the same time.
  8. Countdown music after 25 minutes.
  9. Bribe the PA staff … Kill the mic!
  10. Do you have the preachers mobile number? Reckon its set to silent? Test it…