home…

I’m planning worship for a youth camp this Saturday night, down in Warrnambool. I thought I’d blog the planning process, because people keep asking how i plan stuff, and i really have no idea…

I only got the details of the worship just before i went on leave, so there wasn’t time to plan before I went… I’ve set aside this week to focus on it, so there’s plenty of time… kind of… (oh my wordy…)

I think the theme will be “home”.

I’m trying to go simple… installations (they always seem to work best when i don’t know a group – much easier for people to get meaning out of them, rather than creating a liturgy with a vague idea of who might be there)… and i’m trying to sift through a thousand ideas at the moment. These are the very unformed thoughts i’ve got at the moment…

We’d set the space up as different “rooms” around a house

– table with a feast set out for eating and drinking, and biblical stories of feasts written onto the crockery and glasses (i stole that idea from somewhere… can’t remember where)… and something about God welcoming us to the table, not us welcoming God.

– drawing symbols on the curtains, what are the parts of my life i want to hide from the world… can i tell them to God… need to think about how to do this safely…

– a “living room” with tv, bean bags, etc. and images from 1970’s family tv shows playing in the background… statements asking whether it’s only my family that doesn’t solve it’s problems in 30 minutes (minus the ad breaks)… perhaps a game of scrabble on the table, people write prayers or words in response with the scrabble letters on a board…

– family photos with people cut out – something about the prodigal son?… or prayers for families who are displaced, separated…?

– mirror in the bathroom… how do i see myself, how does God see me, which parts of God do I reflect to my family… take a bit of mirror home (mirror tiles)… or a broken mirror… confession space…

– a “bedroom” – sanctuary space – one person allowed at a time…

– the doormat at the door – place of confession…

– outside…

5 Comments

  1. sounds cool, other places of the house that may be interesting include the garbage/recycling/compost bins perhaps to reflect on things that we throw out, need to reconsider or to think about our consumer lifestyles…

    another place may include empty photo frames to think about those that surround us…

    i liked the idea of the board games, but perhaps that could be another space, to think about how we recreate, what do we do for fun…

    we used to create a reading space at TOLLS after realising that some of our members just liked a space to sit and read, perhaps a book shelf with books for people to read, it’s also a safe place for those who dont know how to participate…

    hang a canvas from a wall, include a space for people to paint something that might be able to be hung in their space…

  2. craig mitchell

    really, really excellent ideas cheryl and darren.

    TV shows never have a loo.

    a flushing confessional?

    and where’s the barby? that’s where the eating is at!

    garden – ecology?

    let me add that, having moved many, many times, that we put our furniture in a new house and in some way it is then home. It’s hard to explain, but when you move a lot, the people come first, then the furniture/possessions, then the building. I suspect that for people who only live in the one house, the building/rooms come before the furniture. we remember the houses richly, but we carry the furniture (literally) with us – sounds a bit nomadic, doesnt it? maybe there’s a pioneer/settler/nomad bit of family in that? what would you take with you? what would you leave behind.

    Ecclesiastes. plant and pull up. live and die…..?

    rooms have to be about light. some are very bright with curtains open and some with curtains closed. you’re spot on with the bedroom one.

    I’m not sure what to say here but it all sounds as if most people have negative feelings and memories about home.

  3. craig mitchell

    I just found out I sent that email. I thought I’d decided not to. It sounded rather negative. sorry. it was that your idea got me thinking about home and homes and all kinds of family stuff, and especially how our girls might think/feel about family and home. lots of parent stuff.

    I told Dino once that one of my fears in becoming a parent was that my relationship with my kids (and vice versa) might be no better than my relationship with my parents (which is good but not close). She said that almost put her off having kids.

    so yes. you’ve opened a big can of squirmy things, as you do so well an honestly. an alt worship “house” for parents… you suddenly have me wondering about “worship houses” around the city – isntallation worship art – rooms to visit and reflect….

    thanks yet again for the stimulation

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