Sunday, December 03, 2006
Today I cooked, a roast, the works, yorkshire puddings and everything, the puddings went a little flat once I got them out of the oven but generally I was happy with the end product. Roasts are easy it's just getting it all together at the end that is the hard part.
I got a comment on my post about risking it, sorry if the picture was offensive, my wife was away and I was missing her, I normally run my more random thoughts by her before I publish a blog. You should see some of the stuff I have had to delete.
Anyway, thinking about food, I believe in the power of the circle, not in some new age hippy way, but just in the whole thing about sitting together eating, drinking and enjoying each others company.
Food is a great social lubricant.
If we ever start a bigger thing here, I'd like food to be involved. People like a good meal, a church service that had a 3 course meal every week, wouldn't it be good if we empowered a catering team and made them feel as important as the worship team, employed a chef as well as a pastor. Poured as much money into it as some other obscure part of church life and then used it as a way of getting people to roll up to church. Not so it became some gluttoness food fest but as a tool to connect.
The problem with church things is that you can have those meals were everyone brings quiche. What about a good lobster salad or something like that.
My top ten random ideas for using our sunday gatherings and big buildings to get people in, nothing very radical, they would still be very easy to communicate the Bible, teaching, life lessons and have worship (maybe not musician led), no worries with communion either:
1: Sunday Lunch Church:
Huge professionaly catered meal
2: Live Sunday afternoon football Church:
With a bar provided, two free drinks if you bring a friend, communion at half time, 15 minutes is longer than most churches take!
3: Full English Breakfast Church:
Wonderful traditional british fry up before service.
4: Late night cigar and brandy church:
Start at 10pm leather seats, jazz, wooden floors, fire on the go.
5: Health Spa Church:
Massages, pedicures, hairdressing, facials, colonic irrigation etc..
6: Meditation Church:
Yoga, womb music, bible verses projected on the wall, huge bean bags
7: Art Church:
Painting, history of art lectures, sculpture, josh sticks burning etc..
8: Silent church
Big loungers, people sometimes just need to lie down, maybe provide ipods with a specific meditation, silent communion.
9: Pratical church
Don't have a service just gather then go out and do some stuff in the community
10: Darts Church
Darts tournaments (I was running out of ideas)
I use the term church in reffering to a service i know church is not a service, but hopefully you'll understand. Any other ideas?
I am not talking one off events but weekly, we could try it for 6 months if it didn't work we could go back to normal.