I was at a Church in California this morning (California near Finchampstead and very much in England I should add) visiting a Pathfinder (11+ group) and having lunch with the youth leaders and interested bods afterwards.
Lunch was a buffet affair and yes there was Quiche (as per Macdonald’s assumptive law of Faith based catering) BUT the funny thing was that reference was made to my blog musings about it’s omnipresence at Christian “do’s” I guess I need to be careful about what I write! For the record though all credit to the Church for serving up Chocolate Eclairs for afters … I am now declaring these the official antedote to over-Quiching.
Anyway: I was really encouraged that an additional nine people were at the lunch as well as the Youth Leaders and the conversation was fascinating as it flowed into mission and community. The Church is going to look at it’s vision and aims in terms of young people’s work which I hope will allow greater creativity in how they might approach the work and help in looking at who else to be working with.
Weird (more trivial) challenge that the Church face though: They meet in a school and serve coffee from the official kitchen. They are therefore not allowed by the school to have biscuits in case that allows any trace of nuts loose in the kitchen! True story! No biscuits!! But for the last thousand years of the Christian Church, young people have made it to church on a Sunday morning, usually by not having time for breakfast, they are however sustained by the fact that, at the end of the service, they WILL consume two times their body weight in biscuits while the adults talk about eschatology and petrol prices. Biscuits are part of our ecclesiological norms.