Spreading Joy at A Christian Festival

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Over the next month and a bit there will be loads of Christian Festivals all around England, which will attract many Christians from many different Churches from all over the place. With festivals such as Momentum, New Wine, Soul Survivor, Keswick, Greenbelt. and Creation Fest, there are plenty to choose from.

In an attempt to get into the Festival spirit, Sofa decided to write the annual Church Sofa list of the best ways to create trouble at a Christian Festival ask around for ways to spread some “Joy” at these events…

  1. Have a supply of sweets to give out to people.
  2. Be servant hearted. Serve warm milky hot chocolate each night of the festival to the tents around you. On the last night, mix it up with espresso.
  3. Walk up to any musicians / famous Christian singer types and ask if they are U2.
  4. Print a T-Shirt saying “Its not like it used to be around here”.
  5. Walk around with an open wifi hotspot in your pocket. Lock it down so people can only access another festival website.
  6. Lead late night worship sessions. Ensure the worship is honest, by not tuning your guitar… not singing in tune… Also ensure that God can hear by singing loudly.
  7. Ask people if they’ve heard of the Delirious reunion tour, and their “Holy Troublemakers” single*?
  8. Ask everyone for their signature, explain they are all famous in Gods eyes. (Don’t ask famous Christians for their autograph)
  9. Tweet a photo of random peoples signatures to @thechurchsofa. Help me feel included in with the fun.
  10. Be servant hearted. Serve coffee each morning of the festival. Ensure it’s decaf on the last morning.

For more ideas, please check out last years list, Managing Mischief At A Christian Festival.

Disclaimer: Do any of these at your own risk, the Sofa takes no responsibility for any trouble that happens to you if you do this, but if you do end up in Christian Festival Jail, please let us know what that’s like.

*i may have made this up, but there is a song on Stu G’s “The Beatitudes Project” called Holy Troublemakers, which could be mistaken for a reunion.

What happened after Delirious?

Were you a fan of Delirious? Ever wondered what some of them have done since the band went their separate ways? Former lead guitarist Stu G, as well as being part of the One Sonic Society, is looking to release an Independent EP called Of Burdens, Birds and Stars.

Stu G spoke to louderthanthemusic.com about his EP:

Tell us a little bit about your new solo EP ‘Of Burdens, Birds and Stars’ and what the inspiration behind it was?

Well… There are six songs and all have been written in the last 4 years or so in my time of transition and figuring out what’s next now that delirious? has ended. These are story songs or what i call “therapy” songs. I didn’t keep a diary in that time but I did write these songs. I didn’t think that I would ever record them but as time went on I realized that they had life to them.

So the things I’ve been struggling with and figuring out, well, maybe others are doing that too and maybe these can help people on their journeys. There’s songs about relationship breakdowns, there’s a love song, a prayer song for a friend whose marriage ended, a song about my daughter spreading her wings and leaving home and a song about the fact that we don’t have to do life on our own.

Rather than sign with a record label, you’re using a Pledge Music campaign to fund the EP independently – tell us about that decision.

Ha that’s partly an insecure decision, I didn’t think a label here would be interested. It’s also partly that the industry is changing shape and with so many people using a “direct to fan” approach I am excited about that and as Derek Webb (Noisetrade founder) told me it’s a chance to involve friends and followers and build the “stu g tribe”.

I don’t have access to the Delirious? database so my followers and likers are quite dispersed. I see this as starting again and gathering the people that want to be a part of something new with Stu g.

Read the rest of the interview over at louderthanthemusic.com

You can pledge towards the EP at pledgemusic.com/projects/stug (its looking like there may be a few extra treats for people who do get involved)

Listen to a demo version of King of The Stars.

Based on King of The Stars, The Sofa is looking forward to the rest of the EP