Nativity 2

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Got to see Nativity 2 (Danger in the Manger) last night and thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful piece of Christmassy fun. Part Pantomine, part Ealing Comedy and very much a Christmas film it was built successfully around the character of Mr Poppy, allowing fully reign for his glorious childlike capacity for wonder, fun …… and all that therefore ensues. The film was in part ad-libbed and the resultant interplay between the Children, David Tennant and Marc Wootton is so much fun.
The sets for the choirs and competition were fantastic and must have absorbed all the budget as the special effects were on a level with a 1950 Godzilla film. Not that this detracted from what was a laugh-out-loud, sentimental, glorious and very British piece of Christmas cinematography. Loved it!

EPIC and other useful stuff for Discipleship

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I’ve just been dipping into Leonard Sweets book “The Gospel According to Starbucks” and wanted to make a note of his dimensions of meaningful faith communication with his EPIC acronym, ‘EPIC:’
Experiential
Participative
Images (that give sense and meaning)
Connection
I’m recording it here so I can find it again, especially as I seem to be speaking often on Discipleship next year at all sorts of gigs. I guess I’m collecting tools to help unpack what a lived out faith that sees a person growing, looks like; and the points of connection. I’m adding ‘EPIC’ to Kenda’s
Community
Creed
Call
Hope
(here) and to the interesting list of dimensions of a great brand from a Marketing Book ….. I love this list and use it in youth ministry training to help people unpack dimensions of the gospel that connect with young people:
Fear
Fantasy
Mastery
Humour
Love
Stability
A lots of thinking, praying going on but it’s a great journey to be on exploring my own life as a Disciple of Jesus AND what might be helpful to others. This is forming some of the stuff for the DEPTH retreat and for the Ski Trip I am Minister to (might even be the first trip EVER where the input is in a use-able shape before the trip starts).

Free School Meals

Here’s a link to the ‘Fair and Square: Free school meals for all children in poverty’ campaign from the Children’s Society. Getting a good meal at lunchtime can make such a difference to a child’s health, learning and well being …. all the more so if food at home is less forthcoming or reliable.
By way of illustration, an article from the Guardian about a school in Essex

Theologically adrift

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Shopping for Christmas Cards at the weekend and spent much of the time in a state of Incredulity about what constituted legitimate visual meaning for the season.
Grateful to Doug Savage for making me laugh, and the YMCA for having some great cards!
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