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Category: Biblefresh

Rock Mass @ Biblefresh Wakefield – Thanks

From the “Paradise City” cam

Changing worship blogs are like busses.  You wait for over a week and then they all turn up at once.  I want to say a few words of thanks for the Rock Mass at Dewsbury Minster last Saturday night.

The event was great to be part of.  In the six years or so that we have been involved in this sort of worship event it has grown and grown.  To think that an idea I had for an MA essay would grow into this huge event is astonishing.  Previously we have been used to smaller local churches.  All told there were 355 communicants on Saturday night and countless numbers of others.  There was standing room only in the minster – for most of the people who were there!  Lots of people travelled great distance to be there (Liverpool, Nottingham, Newcastle and the Isle of Man!).  Several youth groups came along and many who have never been to church before came out of curiosity!

One of the great things about this experience has been collaborating with people.  The staff at Dewsbury Minster were exceptionally helpful, supportive, relaxed and groovy.  This was a great help because we were describing a concept that no one there had previously experienced.  Thanks to the many people who came from around the country to help set up – Newcastle seems to be a good location for summoning roadies!

The tech support for the service was brilliant.  A big thank you to Pete and Ken who both did an amazing job in exceptional circumstances.  As well as that I don’t particularly envy Julz at trashiitreasure who is currently editing down hours of footage from four cameras into a DVD.  Thanks for that!

The serving team with Revd Rach at the helm were brilliant.  Thank you for getting on with it without the need for too much direction.  Sorry you didn’t get to see the visuals.  Thanks to the Cathedral staff who stepped in at the last-minute when some of our plans fell through and provided some stunning vestments and a massive icon.  Thanks to Charity who preached a wonderfully cheeky and highly inspiring sermon about embracing the gifts of our young people.

As I say, one of the key things with this type of worship is collaboration.  Whilst I made many of the visual aspects of the service from scratch, some of this would not have been possible without Fr Simon Rundell.  He has been producing resources and making them open source for many years.  When one and a half hours of visual material is needed, this is an invaluable resource.  Thank you very much Fr.  Even though you were not present in the minster, some of your images were and for that we thank you!

My last vote of thanks goes to the band and especially my wife.  You guys worked really hard to put together the set and were professional throughout.  You guys also did a brilliant job of keeping me sane!!  ROCK ON!!

All of those who I have forgotten to mention, I apologise.  Thank you for all your hard work.

The Book of Jonah

 

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Timbo’s church are doing a project for Biblefresh this year.  They are recording the E100 passages as spoken word throughout the year.  I think he wanted me to point a mic at him and just have done with it.  I may have gone a bit overboard.

Thanks to Dr Ruth, Linus and Pete for providing extra voices…

QR Codes

Do any of you recognise the above image?  Do you know what it does?  Do you know what to do with it?

QR codes are springing up all over the place.  You can find them on your telephone bill, on DVD stands in your local supermarket, the leaflets that Lightwater Valley hand to your youthgroup as they enter the theme park or even on bottles of wine!  What the heck is it?

It is an image that a smart phone can scan that links you to a web address without having to type it in.  On the DVD stand it takes you to a video trailer for the film they are selling.  The leaflet they were handing out takes you to the Lightwater Valley home page.

The good thing about QR codes is that they are free to use for anyone.  Simply go to a QR code generator such as http://qrcode.kaywa.com/ and type in your web address.  Hey presto.  Totally open source and free at the point of access.

If you look at the poster I made for The Rock Mass @ Biblefresh Wakefield you will notice that I’ve put a QR code on the bottom corner.  I also put them on the promo material for Silverthorn.

So what do you think about them?  Is it something we should be using?  If you’ve never heard of them, try downloading a QR reader app to your phone and try scanning this one.  See what you think.

Rock Mass @ Biblefresh Wakefield

The Rock Mass just got big!!  Time for ‘Metanoia’ to ROCK Dewsbury Minster!

Wakefield Diocese are having a huge celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Authorised Version of the bible called Biblefresh Wakefield.  There are all sorts of activities going on during the day.

In the evening we will be holding a Rock Mass.  It is ideal for bringing your yoof to.  It is also great for bringing your adults to.  Ancient sacramental worship with a rock band and everything you need for a rock concert.

If you are interested in coming or bringing a group, please join the facebook event and consider following @biblefreshwakey on twitter.