Have you caught up with Mrs Beamish recently?
Earlier today, Sofa found himself caught in a conversation about how exciting Church… doesn’t always come across as. So this evening after work, a couple of us took a quick survey of the people we could randomly find, and asked them “How would you make church more exciting?”. These are the top ten answers we got:
- In door fireworks… At any given moment
- Britain’s got talent style buzzers used during the sermon. Give one to every member of the congregation.
- If the preacher goes over the allocated time slot… Paint ball guns…
- Mute button on the worship leader for when he / she goes off on one.
- The Bible reading as a dramatic 4d experience.
- A gunge tank… Because they’re not used enough these days…
- Certain pews are connected to a surprise underground rollercoaster. Perfect seats for visitors / Bishops just popping to say hi.
- The team in charge of song lyrics on screens / handouts subtly change a few lyrics here and there. Watch and see what happens.
- After the service ends – organise fort building challenges using the pews / chairs / leadership team – to help build community.
- Employ a clown to welcome people in.
What would you add?
Well this is something that falls into the “dont try this at home” camp. Actually you might not want to do it at church either… at least not the OK from the second church in question.
Even then… it may just be best to go to Greece and watch it there*.
*Maybe even then, you might want to watch from a distance… possibly.
Welcome to the school holidays! If you don’t have kids, this probably means an easier journey to work, if you do this probably means you, or someone else needs to come up with ways to stop the little darlings from watching nothing but Cbeebies all day long.
But what can be done to entertain young Christian families throughout the holidays? Well Sofa is here to help*.
Here is our list of ways to keep Christian families entertained during the school holidays…
- Compile a list of all the local holiday clubs. GET TO ALL OF THEM.
- Learn a Bible verse a day.
- Colour in pencil drawings of crosses.
- Picnics! AKA portable communions…
- Go on a family pilgrimage. (Possibly to the local cheap family friendly pub)
- Take all your toilet rolls and try recreating the Tower of Babel.
- Encourage the smalls ones to make a joyful noise! Joyful… may mean screaming…
- Build a castle out of left over Bible study notes.
- Is it raining outside? Time to encourage baptisms in the puddles.
- When all else fails… 80s Christians movies on Youtube? (On second thoughts dont do that. Some of them are quite scary!)
Any other ideas you would like to add?
*Obviously “help” is a subjective concept…