These are various things that I discovered whilst loitering in the resources tent at Greenbelt and also elsewhere:
‘Happiness for Church’
I went along to Bruce’s ‘Happiness’ seminar at Greenbelt with one eyebrow raised, but came away rather convinced by the whole concept. Bruce runs courses in Bristol all about happiness and is now offering a day session for churches on the subject. If, like me, you think ‘But hang on, Christianity isn’t about being happy is it?’ then the words from the above flyer sum up where Bruce is coming from quite well:
The journey may start with questions about ‘me’, but it ends with community, kindness, spirituality and purpose. The Church might just be the right place to welcome people on this journey.
Bruce’s Embody website has a lot more on the general topic. If you’re interested in the above course then I’d recommend contacting him. Who knows, ‘Happiness for Church’ might just be the new Alpha, in which case you heard it first here.
Proost supply alternative worship-type music and the like. They have recently relaunched themselves with a new website, the ability to download things and a range of new publications. I like the fact that they are supporting young creative people doing interested things – Sophs with her book of liturgies is one example. You can subscribe to all their content for £60 a year.
On a not unrelated note (and one I think I’ve mentioned before), Twelve Baskets is a site enabling you to download and share Christian-type resources. The Methodists are something to do with it.
The people from Prayerfeeder were distributing beer mats around Greenbelt. It is a site that enables you to pray with other people. It looks quite interesting, but I’m not sure how many people will want to sign up to another networking site with such a narrow focus. Perhaps more likely to take off is Scripture Union’s PrayLive application on Facebook which allows you to do something not dissimilar.
Second Life Chance
The people from the Churches Advertising Network are on the verge of launching their 2007 advertising campaign, which will be themed ‘Second Life Chance’. It is aimed at people who would like a chance to do things better the second time around, and will be linked to an island on the ‘Second Life’ website where people can ask questions and watch a lively animation of the nativity. The website for this year’s campaign isn’t up yet, but I’ll link to it when it is. I have one eyebrow raised about the ‘Second Life’ bit, but we’ll see.