The Church Sofa Awards 2016

Welcome to the seventh (SEVENTH!) edition of The Church Sofa Awards.

This is where we celebrate the best and sometimes worse moments of 2016, featured both on this blog and around the internet. Obviously the standard rules apply, no actual awards will be given out or harmed during these proceedings.

The first award is…

Church Notice Board of The Year:  Well this interesting bit of advertising seemed popular… Not sure why…

Twitter Hero of The Year:  @aliveandonline, the founder of . Go on. Give them a follow, and say hi from The Church Sofa.

Most useful Church Sofa List: It looks like we helped people learn how to prepare for when the Vicar visits with our “Vicar coming to visit” checklist.

The Greatest Regret from 2016:  Last year I wrote, “Sofa does try and educate people about Church and Churchy things through the form of lists. This years most popular list seems to be A Reminder of What Is Not in The Bible. I still sometimes ponder writing more about what isn’t in the Bible….” I still have the same ponder, and I’ve still done nothing about it. Sad how quick a year can pass isn’t it?

The Church Toilet of The Year:

Silly Song of The Year:

Anyone else fancy a pizza?

Hero of The World.*

He may not be the hero we need.

But we really feel K2SO from Star Wars – Rogue One, is the hero 2016 deserves.

I would explain why… but *shhh* spoilers…

*This last award may not be serious… Actually none of them are really serious…

What do you reckon? Are then any awards which we should have included??

Any awards that should have been different?

Any thing that we’ve missed out?

Debate Tuesday – Should Church meet in a Church or a Shed?

Exeter Cathedral at Winter
Exeter Cathedral at Winter
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We suggested last week that if we were to list the questions asked by church going folks over the ages, one of the oldest might well be: “Where do we ‘do’ Church?” Where should people meet together as a community of believers?

So we’re asking: “Should Church meet in a church or a shed?”

Now, I just want to be clear. I don’t really mean a shed. I mean any building that isn’t a “church building”, so therefore schools, homes, pubs, sheds etc…

Last week, we looked at why Church should meet in a shed? This week – we look at why an actual church building can be useful…

  1. Need to host an event for more then a handful of people? Thats fine, we’ll have it at the church…
  2. Climbing over chairs / pews is something that every church going youngster has to do at least once. If they do that over someones posh furniture – they’ll get in trouble.
  3. Its a Church! Its Gods house! (Apparently… )
  4. Having a church building provides a spiritual focus for the community.
  5. Who says a church building has to have a spire and stuff? Some church buildings double up as a community center…
  6. Meet in someones home… that “someone” normally has to clean… wash up… serve tea… coffee… any other random drink order… If you meet in a building theres at least a greater chance that a rota can be set up to share the work load.
  7. Houses are getting smaller. This doesn’t make it easy to have  a large group of people over.
  8. Life is hectic. Work then. Blog on your phone between there and there. Play with the kids when you get home. Going to a church building gives busy people the chance to stop. Be still. And listen.
  9. No double bookings! Need an extra meeting? No need to struggle to find a location, or cancel other meetings. Have it a church!
  10. You’re organised enough to have your own building! This act alone makes you better then that lot meeting in the house down the road…

 

(With thanks to our sample group who offered a lot of opinions on the subject)

  • Do you meet in a Church building? Is it a pleasure or a pain to have your own building?

Debate Tuesday – Should Church meet in a Church or a Shed?

Allotment plot with shed empty chair and green vegetables Chippi

I imagine that if we were to list the questions asked by church going folks over the ages, one of the oldest might well be: “Where do we ‘do’ Church?” Where should people meet together as a community of believers?

So for the next two weeks we’re going to be asking: “Should Church meet in a church or a shed?”

Allotment plot with shed empty chair and green vegetables Chippi
Available from http://www.twelvebaskets.co.uk/view/images/allotment-plot-with-shed-empty-chair-and-green-vegetables-chippi

Now, I just want to be clear. I don’t really mean a shed. I mean any building that isn’t a “church building”, so therefore schools, homes, pubs, sheds etc…

This week, we’re going to look at why Church should meet in a shed? (With thanks to our sample group who offered a lot of opinions on the subject)

  1. Churches that don’t meet in a Church Building, don’t have to worry about fixing the spire.
  2. We can keep the focus on meeting where people are.
  3. Its easier to invite someone to church in your home…  Apparently.
  4. Need to put a chair stacking rota together?  Meet in someones home… they already have chairs.
  5. Find it difficult to find something to lean when you make sermon notes? Meet in a pub… they have tables!!!
  6. No cold church halls!!!
  7. You’re not going to have everyone complain about the tea
  8. Meet in a pub? Get a pint.
  9. Meeting in peoples homes increases the chances of sharing each others lives and journeys…
  10. By meeting in a shed you can be thankful you don’t have to be “distracted” by maintenance issues… thereby making you far more spiritual then that lot up the road that meet in an old unusable church building…

Next week, we’ll look at why the Church should meet in a church building

  • Does your Church meet away from a church building?
  • Any particular reason why?

Picture a Church Building…

… or at least a new Church building…

What does it look like?

What is it built from?

A couple of weeks ago we asked if we imagined enough in the work that churches do. Well what if that imagination was also applied to our buildings?

Here’s something we missed last month from dailywhat.org.uk:

Congregation builds its own church from junk

A community in north Glasgow is using old drinks cans, car tyres, shipping containers, wooden pallets and straw bales to build a new church, theatre and community centre.

The cans are being used to make walls and furniture, the tyres to form foundations, the containers and pallets to create buildings and the straw bales to create insulation.

It is one of the most ambitious recycling projects in the country.

Building work has already started and the aim is to complete the project by April 2014.

“We are creating our new building ourselves – one can, one tyre, one straw bale at a time,” said Reverend Christopher Rowe, the minister of Colston Milton Parish Church.

“The people of Milton will be building out of material commonly regarded as rubbish, things that people throw away but which in reality could be given another life in all sorts of ways.”

Hundreds of local people have so far collected more than two tonnes of used aluminium cans, and aim to gather a further two tonnes. Some will be used to make walls and furniture, and some sold to raise money for the project.

The new community building will also make use of more than 500 worn car tyres, 300 wooden pallets, 12 shipping containers, old roofing tiles and scaffolding planks.

Read More on BBC News