Saturday, 16 February 2013

So what do you think?

So before you watch, just want to make a couple of comments...

There is bad language in it. If your a Christian it might make you a bit cross but see it through and then think about some of the questions below (not necessarily them all)...



Ricky Gervais said he believed this till he was eight. What do you think changed his mind at eight?

What do you think about the fact that he still owns the book?

What things that he said did you disagree with and why?

What did you agree with and why?

How important or relevant is it that we communicate the truth of God to children?

How does the following film make you think after seeing the first?




Just to help us reflect on what we do and why!

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Mothering Sunday or Mothers day?

A few months later and I am still trying to get it, am I miss educated in my thinking? I am not wanting everyone to agree with me and think the same as me I just want to understand what I think and why I think it.

So lets look at the facts: Mothers day
Originated in the United States and started in about 1870 and is linked with a social activist called Julia Ward Howe. Unfortunately Howe did not manage to establish the 'holiday' enough and it petered out. It wasn't until 1908 when Anna Jarvis finally managed to cemented into the American calender. It became so popular that the president made it a public holiday and eventually it was renamed 'Hallmark holiday'. Unfortunately Jarvis began to regret what she had created when it became over commercialised. On a positive note Mothers day in the USA sees the biggest attendance to church after Christmas, biggest sales of gifts and the biggest holiday for long distance phone calls.

Mothering Sunday
When Mothering Sunday originated is unclear but it is talked about in the 16th century. The churches would hold a service on a particular Sunday between Christmas and Easter. It was seen as a weekend or day when servants could go and visit their families and spend time together. They would often do things together as a church. It was very much about togetherness not one individual.

Now don't get me wrong I love my mum and she will get a card, but what I like about the concept of Mothering Sunday is that it's about all-ages, no boundaries, it doesn't have to even be about family. No one needs to feel left out or under valued because of their status in a family.

Also mothering seems to be like a role for any person (even perhaps men) and is not dependant on whether you've physically had a baby. I have known some great people who have had mothering roles and not had their own children. Surely these people are important to recognise? Especially as they may be overlooked.

So now the day is almost upon us British again. What do you think?


My lovely mum

Facts from: Wikipedia and BBC

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Church.

It's sometimes hard to define what church is because as soon as you shape one view another idea comes along and makes you question what church is once again. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, in fact it's brilliant because if we don't reflect on our shaped opinions they could become stayed and stale opinions and we don't want that.

So after a week at college learning about the emerging church and fresh expressions I was thinking about church when I came across this video which I think expresses church really well. Let's keep God at the heart.