Lockdown has given us the impetus to do some serious recording. With a heavy live gigging schedule with both Silverthorn and Metanoia, Ruth and I talk about “finding the time to record” but in reality, you need an extended period of time to do it.
This week we took our favourite hymn* and did a full on Metanoia production of it.
With a distinct lack of drummers in our house, we created them from scratch ourselves one afternoon in software. Then guitars, bass and vocals and the addition of a crowd shouting faintly in the background.
I think we successfully channeled the spirit of Britain in 1977.
We’ve been talking on messenger about our next lockdown project. We think we can work out how to get CJ on drums and Bex singing backing vocals all through the power of the internet. Watch this space!
This is something Ruth and I recorded a couple of years ago to use in online worship. We used it as part of our Stations of the Cross service on YouTube this afternoon. The Jesus Film footage is very kindly being allowed for use in online worship. I made contact with them and filled in the necessary forms. This crisis is really showing the best in people. The number of resources people are giving away free is amazing.
This isn’t my usual kind of post. For many of us, we’re the webmaster of our church website. I use WordPress for all of my sites and link to a google calendar which posts all of our events to the front page in a widget.
When I realised our website was still displaying all of our regular events from lunchclub to Rock Mass I started to delete them from the calendar. Unfortunately it just kicks the problem down into the future. And what do you do if you delete all of the events and then we start them all back up again.
Go to google calendars and create a new calendar. Call it something cheerful like Covid19 calendar. Put any events you are hosting online in there. Put a description including a link to where it can be found.
Copy and paste the link to the new calendar into the widget on your site. Instead of showing the regular calendar, it will now just show your new events.
When all of this is over you can swap it back around and all of your regular programming will still be visible and you won’t have to recreate it all.
The last, and possibly most important step is to go to your diary app on your phone and uncheck the calendar of regular events. Now you can’t see all of the events you would normally have been holding in church. All of those constant reminders are safely out of your workspace but not deleted when you need them in the future.
Welcome to a bit more space in your mental health.
This is an easy idea for a prayer station based around some French sweets.
Ruth and I have spent a lot of time in France. Every time we are there we come back with a few bags of these sweets. I decided to make a prayer station out of them this year for the Estates Evangelism Task Group gathering a couple of weeks ago. I intended to leave it on the table in the bar for anyone to engage with.
I found it unopened in my bag when I got home. There was so much to do I completely forgot about it. Perhaps I’ll take it to church this Sunday. This weekend marks 1 year since General Synod made it’s commitment to our estate parishes. What better way to mark it than with the song Mary sang whilst Jesus was within her womb?
Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour; •
he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.
day all generations will call me blessed; •
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his name.
He has mercy
on those who fear him, •
from generation to generation.
He has shown
strength with his arm •
and has scattered the proud in their conceit,
the mighty from their thrones •
and lifting up the lowly.
filled the hungry with good things •
and sent the rich away empty.
He has come
to the aid of his servant Israel,•
to remember his promise of mercy,
made to our ancestors, •
to Abraham and his children for ever.
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.