What Has The Church Been Up To?

If you’re somewhere on Christian Twitter, you may well have seen this…

To say that Sofa disagree’s with the spirit of the above, is putting it mildly, so, in the spirit of The Sofa, here is The Church Sofa list of what the Church has been up to during Lockdown?

  1. Working with new partners to give out food parcels.
  2. Giving out food parcels to retirement homes in the community.
  3. Foodbanks.
  4. Online worship.
  5. Online prayer meetings.
  6. Setting up sermons via phones.
  7. Dropping sermon DVDs to people.
  8. Supporting the bereaved.
  9. Running services on local BBC radio.

Thats at the top of my head.

Please feel free to add something either you’ve been involved with / heard about / your church has been doing below!

?#BlackLivesMatter?

I’ve spent a while pondering over this.

After all, what does a little blog about funny Church things have to offer this subject?

Answer. Probably not much.

Does that mean I should say nothing?

If you’re speaking up about this properly, bless you. Thank you for your example. Please forgive those who are just catching up.

The Weeks Round Up

Every week, Sofa rounds up the bits and pieces that kinda haven’t made it into a complete post… actually thats the aim. Not done one of these for a while, I guess its been a casualty of… you know… everything going a bit… weird. (Is “weird” the right word?)

I also wonder if there’s been a drop in “Churchy” news as well? Or at least a drop in news about Churches not being… silly.

Enter this week…

Wishing the Bishop Well…

Was all that the Minister Micheal Gove could say in an interview this week, when asked about Dominic Cummings…

Wait for it…

Supporting Trump is “The Gospel”

Or, at least an expression of it.

Apparently.

And finally – Lets open the Churches!

The R Number is rumoured to be increasing.

People are angry at government hypocrisy.

There are concerns about people gathering on beaches.

People are still worried about their health.

Lets open the Churches! (Personally I once heard a sermon preached about the church not being about the building – but the people. But I guess that was wrong)

Stay safe.

Stay healthy.

Wash your hands.

Zoom Church this week?

One of the great things I’ve found of 2020 is the different approaches people are taking to Church online, be it broadcasting on Youtube, Facebook Live shows, or Zoom meetings…

Those who do Church services on Zoom. Do they look anything like this?

8 Steps to Recreate Church At Home

So. Lockdown then? From a medical stand point, its great. Great for keeping people apart, great for slowly the spread of a virus from a person to another. Not great for Churches to be open on a Sunday.

To help with Sunday mornings being a “No Church” time, here are a number of ideas to help recreate the church ambience whilst you’re at home.

  1. While watching the online service, sit relative to where you might normally sit on a “normal” Sunday morning. For example, if you normally sit at the front, sit right in front of the screen. If you’re at the back at Church, at the back of your room. If you spend Sunday mornings in the toilet…
  2. Make a lot…. of coffee. Drink it cold.
  3. Squash. Weak.
  4. If you’re of a higher church taste, get that incense stick going! (Close the windows whislt you’re at it)
  5. Make random conversation with the people you’re living with. Obviously act like you’ve not really seen each other for a week.
  6. Sing loud and out of tune during any worship songs.
  7. Remember to send a message to someone you’ve not heard from in a while to say hello.
  8. Make a note reminding yourself that loving your neighbour may include a few things being a weird for a while.

Anything else you can suggest?