Tuesday, June 29, 2004

 
Zoo Time
The good folks at headspace have kindly arranged the date, plave and time of the next zoo - so if you're into emerging church stuff, or would like to be, please come along if you can to chill, chat and have a few beers :-)

London Zoo is around the corner again. 12th July will see us tenderly embraced by The Kings Arms. We’ve booked out most of it, food (and it’s good) will be available and there will, as usual, be an opportunity to share stories, network and possibly collaborate on things in the future.

The evening is open to all emerging church, alt.worship, faith communities in (Greater) London. See you there from 7:30 onwards.

The Kings Arms is on Tooley Street which runs onto Tower Bridge Road. For those coming from north of the river, take your first left when you come off the bridge, and for those coming from south of the river take the last right before the bridge. The Arms is 300 yards down Tooley Street on the left. There should be plenty of parking on the street outside if you’re driving.

Monday, June 28, 2004

 
CONGRATULATIONS to The REV Mobsby!

Ian what a star, you look great with the collar. I feel in awe and honoured to have observed some of the various nuances on your journey to this point........Well done and may you go forward with courage, conviction and passion.

We look forward to the future.






 
ORDINATION OF DEACON FOR MOOT

I am now ordained, cheers to all for all your support. So I have now started working at St Matthews on mondays and tuesdays as a Rev. scarey!!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

 
MOOT LAUNCHED AS A 'MISSION SHAPED CHURCH' PROJECT
A press release has gone out to raise the profile of moot as a mission-shaped church project following the report of that name earlier this year. For info on the press release published by the Ekklesia think tank, please click here. Ekklesia.co.uk is a supporter of the moot community. One wedding, one ordination.... what's next...

Monday, June 21, 2004

 
GARETH & PHILLIPA - FIRST MOOT WEDDING

To prove that I can be romantic at heart, find below a short media player film of the wedding. If you don't have this for pc or mac - then click on the download link for this on the left hand side - you will need to scroll down. Congratulations Phillipa & Gareth, it was a good day.

gareth&phillipa.WMV

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

 
New Beginnings
2 days 16 hours 27 minutes until I get married

2 days 16 hours 27 minutes of singleness to appreciate

2 days 16 hours 27 minutes before 'I do' x 2

2 days 16 hours 27 minutes until one big party

2 days 16 hours 27 minutes before a new journey begins

1 lifetime with the woman I love


 
The Complex Christ: Signs of emergence in the urban church


Our top-down church structures are not ‘working’. In the city at least, the Church is largely perceived as an institution that is out of touch, ignored by those it seeks to serve, and detached from the blossoming interest in things spiritual. But what if the Church faced up to its fears, stepped down into the dark valleys and began to consider completely new ways of being? What if it explored the possibility of adopting an evolutionary – rather than a revolutionary – approach to change?

Drawing in detail on the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ, as well as urban theory, art and social practice, Kester Brewin imaginatively calls on the Church to dispense with tired structures and corporately ‘re-emerge’. Its message is compelling: only as a networked, bottom-up organism, responsive to the unique demands of the urban environment, will the Church once again begin to model the holy freedom of God.

We are very excited to host this particular Blah... Kester has been working on his ideas for a book ‘the Complex Christ’ for quite a long time and this will be the first public presentation of the material. It’s a very original and provocative book. Kester is part of the team that kick-started Vaux ( http://www.vaux.net ), an alt worship community in South London, where many of these ideas have been formed. This isn’t a book launch as the book isn’t out just yet but think of it as a pre-book launch - another Blah... not to be missed.

This is the third of a series of conversations hosted by CMS in 2004 on mission, worship, church and Christianity in today’s rapidly changing culture. It’s a time to keep listening, chatting and reflecting as God beckons us into the future.


Tuesday 6 July 6:30-8:30pm Drinks and refreshments provided Admission free


Venue: CMS partnership house, 157 waterloo road
[Nearest tube Waterloo - follow signs from station to Old Vic. Go past Old Vic and Partnership House is on the same side opposite the ambulance station]


It would help us to know numbers in advance so if you're coming please e-mail joyce.mccaulsky@cms-uk.org

Please forward this e-mail on to anyone you think may be interested

A Movement of People in Mission

Sunday, June 13, 2004

 
A Church for the Arts
Mark, an alt worship bastion recently moved from Cityside Baptist and a good friend, is doing some very interesting activities in the Ark-T centre in Oxford in the autumn. THey will be good. Details below..... If you want top book places, print out this part of the blog and send off..

Mark Pierson | Ark-T Centre, Oxford | Three Day Conferences

£10 per day

Thursday 2nd September 11:00 - 4:00
Day 1: Worship as Art
Seeing worship as an art form to be curated rather than a linear task to be organised.


Friday 3rd September 11:00 - 4:00
Day 2: What Lies Beneath
Principles that practices are built on when worship is seen as an art form. Going for depth rather than froth and bubble.

Saturday 4th September 9:30 - 1:00
Day 3: Art as Worship
Using art, stations, Stations of the Cross, ambient spaces etc in worship.

Each day to involve presentation/discussion and a piece of worship.

Mark Pierson is co-author of The Prodigal Project and he has been the minister at Cityside Baptist Church – a church for the Arts in Auckland New Zealand. He has recently taken up a new appointment in Melbourne. More info on Cityside and Mark can be found at

A Church for the Arts is sponsored by: The Centre for Religion and Culture, King’s College London, The Centre for Christianity and Culture Regents Park College, Oxford, The Ark-T Centre and The Church Mission Society.

The £10 per day does not cover lunch or refreshments. The Ark- T Centre has a Cafι where drinks and meals can be purchased.


Booking Form

Name…………………………………………………………………………………..


Address…………………………………………………………………………………..
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Email…………………………………………………………………………………..

Day One Number of places £10 per person
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Day Two Number of places £10 per person
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Day Three Number of places £10 per person
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Total……………………………..
Cheques made Payable to Ark-T Centre
Ark-T Centre
John Bunyan Baptist Church
Crowell Rd, Cowley, OX4 3LN
For more info contact Tess Ward on 01865 773499/396778

Monday, June 07, 2004

 
FILM AS A MEDIUM OF ENCOUNTER THROUGH THE IMAGINATION

Continuing with the theme of creativity and the imagination, the Bible Society have launched a website to support the development of film as a medium for creative spiritual encounter. The focus on film as a metaphor for a discussion about life, a narrative approach to explore where faith and the world meet. Both film and literature are good for these types of connection. If I haven't bored you silly with the importance of the imagination in spirituality,click here

Sunday, June 06, 2004

 
THE CHALLENGE OF THE TRINITY

Today is Trinity Sunday in the Church calendar, and I have been again challenged by the example of the Trinity in terms of how we should live our life as well as the supreme model for Church. Recently Andrew Jones otherwise known as 'Tall Skinny Kiwi' talked about new forms of being church modelled on the idea of a party or banquet for people you do not expect. This is good, but I still don't think it is as rich as thinking about the model of an inclusive community as modelled by the Trinity. Please find attached a sermon given at St Matthews by Richard Jenkins, which I think is quite profound.
Richardseromontrinity.rtf

Friday, June 04, 2004

 
Zoo Time
The good folks at headspace have kindly arranged the date, plave and time of the next zoo - so if you're into emerging church stuff, or would like to be, please come along if you can to chill, chat and have a few beers :-)

London Zoo is around the corner again. 12th July will see us tenderly embraced by The Kings Arms. We’ve booked out most of it, food (and it’s good) will be available and there will, as usual, be an opportunity to share stories, network and possibly collaborate on things in the future.

The evening is open to all emerging church, alt.worship, faith communities in (Greater) London. See you there from 7:30 onwards.

The Kings Arms is on Tooley Street which runs onto Tower Bridge Road. For those coming from north of the river, take your first left when you come off the bridge, and for those coming from south of the river take the last right before the bridge. The Arms is 300 yards down Tooley Street on the left. There should be plenty of parking on the street outside if you’re driving.

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

 
St Matthew's Church Council

The Church Council draws together the many strands of St Matthew's Church life, including Moot, the Sunday morning congregation, weekday congregations and the church school. I went along last Thursday as a representative of Moot.

Fr. Philip saw last week's first meeting as setting the agenda for the coming year, looking at where we are and where we hope to be. The main part of our agenda was a discussion of The Diocese of London's document on 'Resourcing Mission and Ministry' which encourages all parishes to be 'parishes in mission'. While looking at the population of the parish, (3090 residents including 1974 Christians according to the census: More of that if you want to know!) it's clear that Moot reaches well beyond that, and the the document helpfully considers new ways of being church.

We already have a number of areas of mission, both collectively and individually, so before establishing our future focus as a community, we need to know what is behind people's commitment to the various parts of St Matthew's. Why do we come to Moot? Most of you have received a form or email asking you "What is it about St Matthew's that brings you here?" If you haven't, please send your response to office@stmw.org.

Richard

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