On a serious note, Sofa does think this sucks, and if you are in a position to support a Christian Festival you may have gone to (which is now cancelled), it may be nice to see if there is a way to support them.
Let’s face it. Everything is online these days, you don’t need me to tell you why, we all know the reason why. We know everything is online now, from church services to conferences and training. So how do you have fun at these things, when you are socially distanced away from your partner in crime?
May we share some ideas with our 10 Games During an Online Christian Conference.
If you’re on a zoom call, what’s the weirdest book you can have in the background? Yet, still very biblical? For example, is there anything about “Song of Songs” you could put up there?
WhatsApp messages to a friend see if you can make them laugh on the call.
Do you know the number of the person presenting? See if their phone is on silent?
If on camera, try and write a secret message involving notes pinned to the wall behind you.
How much do your pyjamas look like normal clothes? See what other people think.
Test yourself. How much coffee can you drink before the first break.
On a zoom chat? Try and set it so your camera displays a static image of you. Pretend you’re having technical difficulties.
Be kind to the person presenting, and deliver a gift to their home. Bonus points if you can manage it, whilst they are presenting. (Only works if you know the person, and they are presenting from home – or its just weird)
If there’s a group chat, see how many people you can encourage to start using bizarre phrases within the chat. Use phrases like “hedge of protection” or “pivot” like they are normal, and see who else catches on.
Can you get away with going to the toilet? (Top tip. THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO VIDEO CALLS.)
Are there any I’ve missed out? For example, could there be a way to brainwash Shine Jesus Shine into people’s heads?
Welcome to Christian festival season. The time of year when Church buildings become empty, and fields become full of Christian Festivals taking place. With Christian festivals such as Edgefest, New Wine, Keswick, Greenbelt. and Creation Fest, there are plenty to choose from.
But what should you pack to a Christian Festival? What should you try and force into your suitcase? (If anything at all?) Here is the Church Sofa kit list of things to pack for a Christian Festival. (With affiliate links below)
Portable Battery Charger. You know… so you can keep your smart phone charged. Important as how else are you going to read the Bible? (Also helpful for sending tweets to @TheChurchSofa)
Bacon. Bacon is awesome. Be awesome.
Guitar. For leading early morning worship sessions.
Wine. Recently brought. Because what else would you drink?
Christian festivals are great. Loads of stuff happening, from great speakers, and great people, to great bands, and tolerable food.
Loads of stuff happening, all the time. But what if you’re someone whose attention gets distracted at the best of times.
What if you find yourself wanting something a little different to do?* Here are ten ideas of alternative activities that can be done at a Christian festival.
Say “Amen” with every point that the speaker makes. Get gradually louder as the talk progresses. Encourage others around you to join. See how loud you can all get. **
If attending any Soul Survivor festival, dress like your attending a funeral. All week. And everytime some says “Soul Survivor”, you whisper”Long may it Rest in Peace”.
Are you attending Creation Fest? Set up a stall saying, “Cream First. Change my mind”
Facebook friend EVERYONE YOU MEET!!! Show you’re an awesome Christian by tagging them in inspirational Bible verse images.
Once an hour.
See anyone eating bread? Offer them a glass of red wine. So they can eat like Jesus ate.***
Start a rumour that the rumour about Delirious having a reunion show at the festival is simply a rumour. See what happens.
If stuck in a heatwave. Play “Rain Down” really loudly, on an old guitar. Explain that you’re praying for the rain to come.
See anyone drinking wine? Ask if you can share their communion.
Live stream your whole festival experience on Facebook Live. ALL of it. Let me know what happens.
Apologise for the late night guitar playing, by serving really strong decaff coffee every morning to the tents around you. Serve proper stuff in the evenings.
Any more you think that should be added?
* Please be careful. The Church Sofa takes no responsibility if you end up in Christian festival jail… or actual jail… or where ever…
**Be careful. This may lead to accidental reports of Revival breaking out. Due to you messing around.
On second thoughts. That could be quite funny.
*** MIght get expensive.
Mike Pilavachi from Soul Survivor, has announced, the Soul Survivor Festivals are to close.
There’s a text version of the above found at the Soul Survivor website, which includes a snippet which I’m sure I remember from my Soul Survivor Days. (20 – ish years ago)
“we know that God said, ‘I will build my church’ – he never said, ‘I will build my Soul Survivor’. Our passion has always been to support the local church where faith is lived out as family week in and week out, not to create our own movement.”
I can’t help but think that closing 5 (I think), festivals really shows this.
There was a temptation to say something rude / sarcastic / silly…something a bit “Church Sofa” about all this.
For all the Live CDs, the festivals, books, Delirious / Tree / Sarah Mason gigs.
For that silly Bible365 thing we did on The Sofa.
For the interestingly quiet queues for the shower (during the alter calls).
(In case you need something more silly to read, can I suggested “Spreading Joy At A Christian Festival“, and the related posts – they are possibly inspired in some way by Soul Survivor. Possibly.)
We’ve all been there. You know everyone is having fun, but you cant help but feel a little bored. For some reason you can’t find anything to occupy your brain with. Well, when you’re away from home, this can be rubbish. Therefore The Church Sofa has put together this little wheel spinner, to help you decide what to do, if you’re bored at a Christian Festival.