The Second Hand Church Department

Well. Today, we’re larking around the world of Devon – as we sometimes do, and (because sometimes its nice to do the tourist “thing”), we found ourselves in ourselves in a random lil Church. After having a nose around we came across a random stack of shelves containing a selection of second hand items on sale, to raise cash for the Churches upkeep. The shelves in question didn’t have much, but it included the following:

  • A rugby world cup 2003 book.
  • A book featuring Boy George with Devil horns.
  • The Da Vinci code
  • A broken CD case (which we think) included a CD of “17 steamy tunes”.
  • A totally pirated copy of a Texas CD – including hand written song titles.
What weird and inappropriate items have found on sale in a church?

Weekly RoundUp: Smartphones, Church, and Doing God

Well. Welcome to the first full week of September. Hope you’ve had a good one so far. Here’s some of what we’ve been reading this week:

Daily School Worship?

From the BBC News website:

Children at Mile Oak Primary School near Brighton

Many state schools in England are not providing group worship, despite legislation making it a requirement, a survey suggests.

The Comres survey for BBC local radio found 64% of the 500 parents questioned said their child did not attend daily acts of collective worship.

But 60% of the 1,743 adults asked said the legislation should not be enforced.

Some schools were opting to teach pupils about community rather than religion, said educationalists.

The Department for Education states that all maintained schools in England must provide a daily act of collective worship which must reflect the traditions of this country, which it says are, in the main, broadly Christian.

So it seems that schools are in the firing line again, but not due to failing maths, or English. Its due to some of them not providing a daily act of worship.

Now. I’m not what to think of this. While on one hand I do like the idea of schools and particulary “Christian” schools being open to a Christian message, I’m also very aware of how dull and boring some assemblies were – that I remember sleeping in. Some I simply avoided altogether…  Deciding just to hide around the school.

With that in mind, I did once go to “The Eucharist” to avoid having to go to an assembly…


Where do you stand on this?

Should schools do more to have a daily time of worship?

Should Christians be more worried about the worship time being relevant?

Should we simply not care?