The Journey To The Cross

As we look towards Holy Week there are several online events taking place.  I intend to let you know about them all in the course of the next couple of days.  First of all, Duttyo is organising a set of online stations that will be posted each day at 9am from the 1st of April.

He has been producing stencilled graffiti boards in the style of Banksy for many years and this is a continuation of the theme for Holy Week.  I’m fortunate to have several of his pieces in my house.  Check it out!

If you hadn’t guessed, he came up with the Rock Mass logo.

The Wilderness

Sten has come up with a lovely little clip of Jesus in the wilderness using lego.  Bravo!  Encore!

Rock Communion Methodist Stylee

I have just realised that in the business of the last two weeks I have forgotten to mention this!!  Burton Road Methodist Churchis holding a Rock Communion service in Lincoln.  Metanoia are going to be there two weeks on Sunday at 6pm.  Graeme, Ali, Ruth and I were all at college together with their minister, The Sten (The Reverend Sten?).  Perhaps I should call him Mark now.  He has invited us down to meet his community and assist with the proceedings.

Sorry I have been so remiss and forgotten to mention it.  I also promise that once the Rock Mass and the Rock Communion are done I will have time to sort Metanoia a decent web presence instead of just a Facebook page.

Tell, Show, Be.

This looks like a great campaign from the Methodist Church.  The Christian life is often built into some ‘mystic art’ that only qualified people are capable of doing.  The Tell, Show, Be campaign seeks to shatter the mystique and encourage the whole body of christ to get on with being followers of the way.

Fresh Expressions

Since “Fresh Expressions” was coined as an all encompassing, Anglican and Methodist friendly term for anything ‘alt:worship’ or ’emerging church’ it has undergone an ongoing process of evolution.  This can be somewhat problematic when introducing groups to these concepts.  I was asked by my diocese to speak for a couple of hours to a group of prospective ordinands about “that stuff you’re into.  You know, that fresh expressions type stuff”.  We started with something experiential [alt:worship in a conference room with things I can carry in a bag?].  Then as we explored the topic together I found myself starting back at the very beginning and charting the progression.

Edward Green has written a great blog post looking at Fresh Expressions then and Fresh Expressions now.  I won’t reproduce it here, but please go and take part in the conversation about the future shape of church.

Fishing Net or Safety Net

I recently blogged concerns about Fresh Expressions moving people from one form of church to another rather than reaching new people.  Share the guide has blogged a brief introduction to a forthcoming grove booklet by Matt Stone asking the question “Are fresh expressions actually being fishing nets and reaching the unchurched, or are they merely safety nets, picking up disenchanted and bored churchgoers?”.  There are some interesting statistics that the study highlights.

Over 87% of those surveyed in every expression, and 100% in three of the expressions, had attended a church before. Hence, they were primarily churched or dechurched, rather than unchurched.

If this is an accurate assessment of Fresh Expressions I have some further questions about the consequences of this. 

  • Is it a problem that Fresh Expressions are reaching the churched or dechurched? 
  • Is this just plugging into the consumerist society in which we are currently living and turning God into a product that we are repackaging?
  • If this is a problem, how can Fresh Expressions more effectively reach the unchurched?

This grove booklet should make some interesting reading.

Vampires on The Alpha Course

St Arnold’s and The President

St Arnold’s had a visit on Monday night from the President of The Methodist Conference.  Check out the blog here.

Wish I had nicked off PCC and gone now =D

General Election and The Church

The General Election has been announced and Christians have started to debate the pros and cons of various political views.  My view is this – get to know the character of God and then vote for who you think represents that closest.

Here is the video that Spring Harvest managed to organise in the past few weeks.  Steve Chalk asking the main three party leaders what their view is of the Church’s role in a modern Britain.

Saint Arnolds

I realised as I was updating the “Emerging Church in the North of England” page that I have been very remiss with my updating of late. 

Duttyo keeps informing me of the new emerging group Saint Arnolds in the Lord Darcy pub Alwoodley, Leeds.  I think the group meet regularly to discuss the bible and drink beer.  I am hoping to go and check it out in the next few weeks.

I am assuming that Arnold is a tongue in cheek referrence to The Simpsons but no doubt Duttyo will correct me =D