What Does it Mean To Stop?

We’re surrounded by noise, information and activity. With use of up to date mobile phones and wireless devices we have access to find out almost anything at any point. Even when work is not being done, and social media isn’t being touched, a lot of us spend our time watching TV, involved in groups, playing sports or just getting the next job done.

Well maybe I don’t play sports…

The thing is, how often do we stop? I spent a lot of my holiday struggling to get either reception or battery life on my phone, and to be honest. It was weird. It did make me wonder about how keen I am to be in touch with the world, work on my course, take photos, know what’s going on, plan youth club, listen to music, watch TV, listen to video games, and so on.

Maybe I need to learn to listen to the silence every now and then, and just be still.

Can I get married in a C of E Church?

Ok – Consider this blog post to be a ‘public service’ post.

So on Sunday a couple of us went on a tour of the churches around Exeter, looking for suitable wedding venues. We saw some stunning churches, but were our friends allowed to get married there?

(As a side note, after meeting the people involved in some of the churches, would our friends want to get married there?)

If you are wanting to get married by the good old C of E, but are wondering how on earth it all works, you may find the Your Church Wedding site helpful. The most useful part by far is the section that explains what church you can get married in:

You can marry in a CofE church if you can show:-

That one of you:

  • has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
  • was baptised in the parish concerned or
  • was prepared for confirmation in the parish or
  • has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or

That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:

  • has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
  • has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or

That one of your parents or grandparents:

  • was married in the parish

In all cases involving church services – i.e. going to normal church services, baptism, confirmation or marriage – this applies only to Church of England services. Even if you cannot demonstrate any of the above connections, we want to help you explore whether it may still be possible for you to marry in your special church.

Talk to the Vicar there well in advance to discuss the options open to you.

YourChurchWedding.Org

Talk Wordle

On camp this year I gave a talk about our relationship with people we don’t know and how we can build God’s kingdom with them. My talk was based around the idea of a movement of love from hostility to hospitality and overcoming our fears and prejudices of other people. This is a beautiful Wordle of my notes