Community Gossip

Gossip? In Old English, a “godsibb” was a godmother or godfather, from “god” plus “sib,” meaning “relative” (related to our modern “sibling”). It was later used to refer to companions in childbirth – people from the community who were there in difficult and celebratory times.

Here you'll find a list of things we've been doing/thinking/reading.

A summary of Greenbelt ideas shared in the cafe after Eucharist.  7th Jun 09 We considered being small in time and space and how we each react to this. Can we move from a reaction of fear to freedom? Can the scale of all things actually bring us stillness and peace?
Cara, Jim, Rich and Tracey met to go over first ideas for our Greenbelt 2009 New Forms worship (7pm Saturday). A long way to go yet, but it was great to get out what we felt could be the main themes.
Our fist planning scribbles

Our fist planning scribbles

Here's how it will be billed:

Fashionable Pace


Chris playing to us at Eucharist one evening in Bethlehem chappel. Pic by Dave

Dave's reflection on the community meal discussion: Challenging our engagement with the world: should we become 'worker priests', to stand alongside others without them even knowing our own faith? Is it too much to shift a huge pile of gravel? Perhaps shifting a few pebbles is all we can do? For sure, whatever we do, we do for Him...
This week our resources are prepared by Cara and looking at why creativity is among the important mayBe roots. Thurs we're at Sam, Dave & Ariane's in Chalgrove, come at 7pm. If you need directions and/or a lift please email around. Sunday we're in Bethlehem Convent off the Cowley road, again at 7pm.
eucharist wine reflected peopleWe gathered in University Parks, a venue we often have all to our selves, but the sunshine had tempted out lots of different groups enjoying the space (and also lots of flies - or as Niamh and Pheobe called them 'baby dragons'!).
Jon's path has only recently crossed with mayBe, here's his thoughts on the Thursday community meal (thanks, Jon!):
Community meal Thursday 30 April 7pm @gail+ian Sunday Eucharist 3.50pm for 4pm start on the Uni Parks
eucharist on PortMeadow

eucharist on PortMeadow

flags-and-sky-21Greenbelt has become an important beat in the rhythm of mayBe's life and we've been invited to contribute again this year. We have a new forms slot again, this time Saturday 7pm. We'll also be doing something else, but the powers that be have yet to tell us what -- we hope to lead another spontaneous worship like last year's umberella-covered, arty gathering.
exploration cycleThis cycle mayBe returns to its roots. Each week one of our guardians is producing the weekly resources which focus on the area of our life that they are seeking to guard and encourage.
looking to explore prayer? stretch out on the prayer mat.
Maunday community meal 7pm Thursday @Rich+Tracey+Harvey and @Andrea - this week our own experience and our interaction with the scripture story of the Passion of the Christ are the resource - opoprtunity to share stuff from our own experience of Holy Week - a thought, an idea, a story, a poem, a piece of music, a scene from a film...
Being stimulated by this book recommended by Cara (thanks Cara): how (not) to speak of God by Pete Rollins of ikon, Belfast. He articulates (in an often very poetic way) some of the themes and practices that have inspired many in the alt/emerging church conversation like mayBe community, and gives us a push to explore them more deeply.
We had a community discussion today. We weren't all there (we missed you!) but here's a video message from us!
In Lent we are going into the subject of death and dying. We've been thinking of this for a while - and this seems the right time. We know it will be tough - but we hope also liberating. Themes include 'unless a seed dies'/ 'a path to acceptance' / 'lamenting and blessing'.