I'm at the Churches Media conference right now and this is a message to those of you who have attended my two sessions talking about ITV Local Yorkshire. Many thanks for coming along and for the excellent and inspiring conversations. I'm going to write up some notes – possibly here but also on Interlace, a blog on which I keep specilist notes on the subject of user generated content and other thoughts to do with my work. So, pop back here or to Interlace in due course and I'll have some more for you.
Posting in reverse order here, so back to Sunday…
On the subject of church we have decided to explore so over the next few weeks we are going to investigate some of the more innovative offerings in the area.
On Sunday Deborah and I checked out a service held in Costa Coffee in Bradford. ‘re:fresh’, an emerging community based at St Cuthberts Church in Wrose have struck a deal with the Forster Square Retail Park outlet of Costa Coffee and hope to hold their monthly gathering in the coffee shop on a regular basis.
I have to say it was strange meeting like this in a coffee shop with the fridges buzzing and the coffee machines producing cappuccinos while the vicar did his talk. The slightly cramped space meant that you were locked into small groups around the tables. The subject was mission and one of the contributors was Chris Howson who’s involved in a project called Street Angels who operate in Bradford between 8pm and 2am. We thought it was excellent.
There were about 30 people at this event. The community meets in smaller groups once a week and then on this scale once a month.
Art, propaganda, and the worship industry is the subject of this nicely put together film with author Brian McLaren who will be at the Greenbelt Festival this year. Some of the responses are interesting as he strikes a chord with Christians and non-Christians alike.
"As an atheist and one commited to see religion confined to the home and designated places of worship, I expected another terrible "worship" video" , says one.
And another, "I quit being a worship leader because of all the preasure and nonsense. Unfortunately, the thing which was meant to bring us closer to God has resulted in more church splits, and angry, frustrated musicians than I have ever seen"
The video was produced by The the Work of the People which produces visuals for liturgy. I haven't had time to explore properly yet.
Here’s the nice poster made up by the talented DJ Joel for his Greenbelt slot. I’m thrilled to be playing a supporting role providing the visuals. The idea on the visuals side of things is that the audience will provide some of the clips – so if you are at Greenbelt in Cheltenham please consider sending some short clips to email@example.com
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