Tuesday, October 03, 2006
What a weekend! Sunday / Monday
Olly and I are really fortunate to be part of a contemporary worship congregation-within-a-congregation called S*N*A*C aka Sunday Night After Church : this is a space where guitars... video/multimedia... and even dance can be used to praise our Creator. Its a space outside the traditional SA programme of Bellshill... I say outside deliberately as its becoming a new space... a new congregation... bringing new folk into the hall and bringing others hungry for this kind of experience from miles around. Still small... still early days... but its good times... even with the perceived lack of support from the mainstream within the Corps. My great friend Jon G was there... which was lovely.
The format varies... but at the moment we are working on some worship followed by a Nooma DVD then discussion. The mantra just now is contribution not consumption with everyone's voice valued and cherished. Feels more like a home group than church... arguable more like church than I am used to... too!
It was a wonderful night... which was clouded by an issue (now resolved) that occured. Its ironic that we see all this success... and hold a great deal of anticipation for Alpha/A life worth living and are hit for six before it even starts.
This issued clouded Monday... I am glad I took Monday off... Plan was to work on the strategy paper for ((deep)), take Olly out for lunch, prep for Alpha, meet up with Ivor and Andrew Grinnell at DHQ... then, launch Alpha. It didn't really work that way with the Strat paper suffering as I helped Olly through the issue.
Delighted to have the opportunity to speak to Andrew Grinnell from NEO (New Expressions Of... the Salvation Army) about ((deep)). It was wonderful to meet the encouragement and focus of Ivor, Rita, Jon and Andrew. For more, check out my Hardthought.
Alpha/A life worth living went well with tons of encouragement from our friends. I have posted about it earlier... Olly and I are really excited and hopeful for this session.
We took time to resolve the issue... or at least heal the hurt. The issue is still there and won't go away... but we have come to terms with it... with the rationale... and will see it through.
All in... its been a great weekend. One thing the Soos asked me this weekend was how do I switch off? Well unfortunately I can't really... but I am surrounded by fab people who make my life worth living... and, more importantly, a Creator who drives me with fantastic opportunities... and a loving family who love me and ground me in truth.