What to do in an outside Church Service.

In case you missed it. It seems that Churches can now sing outside again. In fact, The Church of England have released a load of information about outside worship is found here.

As singing outside in a crowd could appear different to some, we’ve compiled a list of ideas to remember when hosting an outside Church worship service.

  1. Make sure your dressed for the season. So therefore depending on the season, this could mean winter coat for when the sun is behind a cloud, and shorts / T-shirt for when the sun is out.
  2. A two meter stick. Because you know…
  3. Have multiple garden heaters, because it gets cold.
  4. Ensure the worship leader knows that this isn’t a dry run for early morning worship at the next Church approved Big Christian Conference.
  5. Make sure there is a big sign asking EVERYONE to bring an umbrella, because rain. Particularly important in Manchester.
  6. Don’t expect to go get a pie, pint, or pizza at half time. But MY WORD. That should be a thing in all churches. from now on.
  7. Wonder out loud if church should meet outside more often.
  8. Look after that one person who actually knows all the rules and regulations. Maybe offer them a strong coffee or something stronger to help steady their nerves.
  9. Pretend its Christmas. Bring Mulled Wine.
  10. Or in fact, if you’re meeting in a park, bring cheap cider. Because memories.

Anything we’ve missed out?

Is The Covid19 Vaccine The Mark of The Beast?

Question.

Is The Covid19 Vaccine The Mark of The Beast?

Answer:

No.

Longer Answer:

Even longer answer:

Whilst we’re talking about the covid 19 vaccine being a good thing, that stops you from getting sick, can I point out the Twin My Vaccine Campaign, raising money for people who may other wise not get one.

How To Do Church This Week

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Its a weekend in Lockdown. For many of us weekends include Church on the Sunday. During a pandemic, the act of going to a church building is far more complicated then ever.

Therefore may I present the Church Sofa List of Ways To Do Church during 2021:

  1. Put it on YouTube.
  2. Put it on YouTube, join in with the comments.
  3. Arrange to watch an online service at the same time as other Christians. Perhaps chat on WhatsApp at the same time.
  4. All gather via on Zoom, chat, pray, read a bible verse, talk about that bible verse.
  5. Give the national C of E “Daily Hope” number a call – 0800 804 8044
  6. Ask if you local church has a number to dial into.
  7. Give someone a call / drop them a message to say hi.
  8. Watch it on Facebook Live, join in with comments, share the video onto your feed?
  9. Live near someone from Church? How about dropping a card / chocolate / cake around?

Any other ideas?

The Optimistic Christian Book of the Year?

Are you an optimistic?

Do you feel there are better days ahead?

Are you a Christian?

I may have stumbled over the optimistically Christian part of Amazon. (Affliate link)

The 2021 planners. Looking a bit a like this…

Including inspirational quotes, and Christian holidays noted. Get it from Amazon (affiliate link)

Not that I’m saying that any plans for 2021 is overly optimistic, but I do feel more hope for stuff happening in 2022….

Alternative Christmas Talks

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It’s Christmas time, and let’s face it. Online or not online there are many many sermons out there to be be given. And in some cases, there are Christmas sermons still to be written. If you are looking for Christmas sermon inspiration, here are our list of Alternative Christmas Talks that SOMEONE needs to give…

  1. Mary, Joseph and Family Bubbles.
  2. The Shepherds and Social Distancing.
  3. The Angels. Why they sang facing away form each other.
  4. Worship without singing: The Stable Boy.
  5. Safer outside. The nativity as a Covid safe model.
  6. Masks: Lets embrace wearing real ones in church.
  7. Are we socially distanced from Jesus?
  8. Trust: King Herod, Boris, and Jesus.
  9. Would Angels wear masks?
  10. Don’t be afraid. I bring good news: Vaccines, hope, Jesus.

Any more ideas?

Church Online: A personal highlight

While having the church livestream on…

Guy leading prayers online: “…you might want to pause in the quietness…

Home: *The lounge echoes with sounds of the globe being smacked by a lightsaber… moments before said globe is kicked into the Christmas tree.*

Christmas 2020.

Are you ready for this?

How To Have A Christmas Carol Service At Home

white bauble on christmas tree

Its Christmas! (I’m allowed to say that now right?)

Its 2020. Its been a weird year, and lets face it. This Christmas is going to be a little different to the normal. (Sorry – we’re probably gonna get a bit bored of saying “its all a bit different this year”)

As part of this “little different” Christmas, along with everything else, Christmas Carol services are going online.

So. What do you do at home to replicate that Christmas Carol Service feel?

Here are a few ideas…

  1. Probably some sort of internet connection – or phone line.
  2. Turn off the lights.
  3. A Nativity dress up costume, or Santa.
  4. Have access to Youtube, Facebook, or something to watch the church carol service online.
  5. Get Candles lit
  6. Get more Candles lit
  7. Mulled Wine. No, more than that.
  8. Have some sort of advent crown thing. Possibly with candles. Possibly with dry plant attached.
  9. Take bets on how long it will be before someone, somewhere has “issues” with the amount of lit candles.
  10. Have a fire extinguisher on stand by.

Anything I’ve missed?