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.
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
A number of strippers in Warsaw, Ohio have protested outside a local church which regularly pickets them.
Tommy George, who runs the Foxhole club, launched the protest against the actions of Pastor Bill Dunfee of the New Beginnings Ministries church located 7 miles away, The Columbus Dispatchreports.
Dunfee and members of his ministry have picketed the Foxhole every weekend for the last four years, waiting in the car park with signs, horns and video cameras. The church later posts video clips of patrons’ number plates online.
Dunfee said: “Tom George is a parasite, a man without judgement. The word of Jesus Christ says you cannot share territory with the devil.”
George has responded in recent weeks by taking strippers armed with water pistols and dressed in see-through shorts along to the church.
We did the “The Peace” at Church… and I couldn’t help thinking about this cartoon from Dave Walker;
In fact I actually used this cartoon to break the ice with a bunch of people that we didn’t know… well it seemed that we were surrounded by people that we didn’t know – so the above cartoon got well advertised…
As part of this panic-fuelled ice breaking, I was asked where I would I sit on the above cartoon.
Personally I would draw some dude wearing a hoodie, shaking peoples hands, eyeing the exit less and less as time goes on. With that in mind, why is “The Peace” ended just as I get comfortable with this madness?
What would a drawing of you during “The Peace” look like?
It made me wonder about why so often in church we make the message of the gospel seem so boring and so dull when actually you read the Bible and it’s one of the most exciting things ever happening. Like when Lazarus was brought back to life (john 11). I’ve heard people talk about this like it’s an everyday occurence…Come on he’s just died and come back to life that is pretty amazing!!! The same with any of Jesus’ miracles they are truly amazing things yet we treat them like there’s nothing to them, as if they happen all the time.
I know that I’m, as guilty of this as anyone, especially when it comes to God working in my own life and in those around me. I might pray and ask God for something to happen or ask to know his will or for his will to be done, I get an answer and then i forget God even exists. In ‘The Cross and the Switch blade‘ David Wilkerson recounts a conversation with his wife, after he has prayed and asked God to work in the lives of the gang that he’s meeting and sharing his faith with he starts to see them becoming christians and he says to his wife that they must be making fun of him or mocking him. Her response is great she says to him, why are you being so stupid, you asked for a miracle, you got one and now you’re trying to explain it away like it was something completely normal. How often is God working in our lives and we try to explain it away as if He isn’t even there?