Stephen's seven meals non-meme ::
Stephen has an interesting post "Food: What's for dinner
?", based on an eponymous article
from the Listener,
in which he proposes a non-meme, a list of seven meals one prepares often. I plan to post my seven here one-by-one (the full list is in a comment to his blog).
Never one to do things in order if another way is possible, I'll start with the last on the list:
When it's a church "PodBible Free Lunch" soup and French Bread
There is such a thing as a (PodBible) Free Lunch. The idea is simple. The result is fun, community formation, and a "spiritual exercise". All you do is spend an hour on Saturday making a BIG pot of good cheap soup (if you don't know how, just ask, it is easy!), then on Sunday invite people over after church (actually it's better if you announce your free lunch the week before, some people plan
their Sunday lunch even before the morning service starts ;)
After eating and chatting while the kids amuse themselves in another room with a pile of old toys (if you don't have ones your kids have grown out of try a garage sale) split the people up into groups of 3 (or if need be 4) and give then a few chapters each. The instructions are simple:
- your task is to come up with something to think about, pray about and do for each chapter
- skim-read each chapter
- try to come up with something to think about - do NOT tell them what the Bible means, choose something interesting or puzzling and phrase the "think" to start people off. Just a short sentence forpreferencee...
- suggest a prayer topic or single-sentence prayer
- give them something to "do" related to the chapter
- do not resist being funny
- be brief
- be openended
- resist preaching
When they have done that record the |Think|PrayDo|s for each chapter and go home...
Anyone who wants to organise a Free Lunch
and wants help or to know what Bible book to start with just ask...