For those in Cornwall or Devon, its becoming harder to ignore that the G7 conference is about to begin.
To mark this, a group of young Christians from across Cornwall have written an open letter to World Leaders demanding climate justice ahead of the G7 summit.
Here’s a little about it.
The hope is to have 1,000 by G7, with the hope of reaching 5,000 names by the COP26 event in November. (So if you’re reading this after June – there’s still time to sign!)
You can find the open letter, which calls on the G7 countries to cut CO2 emissions to zero, end funding of fossil fuels and support the world’s poorest communities that have been affected by climate change here.
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.
The other day, I overheard a conversation about Christian festivals in the UK, and how much it costs to go to one in particular. In defence, someone asked the question: “What price is you and your families spiritual growth?”
I figured I should do some research to find out, at what price does spiritual growth indeed cost?* (Based on 2 adults and a toddler)
Now this is all a little approximate, as some of the above festivals do offer cheaper ways to get tickets. Others – particularly towards the more pricey end of the spectrum do also offer a number of more expensive options as well.
I’ve not factored in other costs involved like petrol, food, emotional, alcohol, etc… But all the above does include accommodation for the duration of the festival.
Its also worth noting that lower cost doesn’t equal lack of “big names”.
Anyone out there fancy taking a stab at what we can learn from all this?
*This is obviously all presuming that spiritual growth does indeed only happen at Christian Festivals.