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.

Photo of us at Greenbelt

Greenbelt is on the horizon and we had a lively creative discussion about our contribution to the New Forms worship. Abi kept great notes for Saturday's gathering to build on, Ezra + Niamh entertained the fish + Annabel fed us all with scrumptious quiche + cake. It was also great to have some new faces. Roll on Greenbelt - always so special for us.

mugs_from_raw mayBe shared cake + conversation with the community of All Saints Convent who generously allow us to use Bethlehem Chapel for our worship gatherings from time to time.
Ascention 2 Conflict affects us in many different ways, sometimes from the outside from the inside. What can we learn from our experiences?

Week 1

Thursday 3 June - Emma & John hosting. Ginny to write resource? Sunday 6 June 3pm - Tea at All Saints Convent with Vespers at 4:30.

Week 2

Week 1

Thursday 15th April : Hosted by Ginny, facilitator Andrea Saturday 17th: No meeting today Sunday 18th: The Mish 10:30am, facilitator Andrea

Week 2

Thursday 22nd April: Hosted by Toby, Theme: doubting Thomas, Cara resource writing. Saturday 24th: The Mish 10am, hosted by Tracey, Rich & Cara. Sunday 25th: 2pm Bury Knowle, facilitator needed. (Fr Jonathan asked but can't preside that day)

Week 3

Thursday 29th April Hosters, Rich & Tracey, theme Peter reinstated, resource Andrea Saturday 1st May: The Mish 10am, hosted by Ginny
The UnlovedAs a now grown-up fantasy-role-player it was with some trepidation that I offered a week on using fantasy in prayer to mayBe.  Perhaps they would feel the need to cast me out of the group...  Perhaps they would all just laugh or, worse still, just not get it...
At our last community conversation we discussed prayer and spirituality. How can we be a community with a glowing spiritual centre? How can we encourage prayer at our gatherings and also in our daily lives? It would be good to have some practical ideas on this. Email your ideas and suggestions and we can post them here. Here are some ideas to start with....
  • A night prayer for a cycle: Write a night prayer to end our Thursdays. This prayer could change with each cycle. (If we don't write a prayer we could use some published Celtic night prayers or something similar)
    What should the theme of our next cycle be? Your ideas below!
    • The Holy Spirit - Ending with Pentecost
    • Trinity - For Trinity Sunday
    • Emotions - Anger, Happiness, Fear etc...
    • Eternal Life or Time - with “time” for prayer, expressions of thought about eternal life in ways other than talking!

    Possible Cycle breakdown...

    1) Ideas about time/eternity – Philosophical ideas (linear/ circular)

    2) Ideas about time/eternity – Time and the mind

    The Unloved Some amazing effort was made on Sunday to get to the mayBe gathering. The wind was cold and the rain bitter. South Park was guarded by a moat of mud. Niamh and Ezra took shelter double decker style in the push chair. Poor Guy had a tumble in a deep trench by the gate. We all made efforts to clean him down.
    Some themes we talked about on Thurs 25 Mar 2010 at Cara's:
    • Prayer about listening
    • Public prayer can be abused to express an opinion
    • What is prayer life anyway?
    • Does it change anything? As humans are we just desperate to control the world around us?
    • Expressing feelings to God important
    • Do we think too much about it? Should we just do it?
    The mayBe gameThis cycle we're looking at prayer, the breath of our community life. And it's Lent and then Easter! We're encouraging each other to take up a resistance for Lent, and to start and end our days using the new prayer mat, knowing that we pray in community.

    Week 1

    When we had the community meal at our place and were talking about prayer, I told you about the daily prayer I use from the Jesuits which you can download for your ipod - it's called 'pray as you go'. It is about 10min long and uses music, a scripture reading, some thoughts to contemplate and some time for prayer. I like it lot, it's a good and easy way to incorporate some sort of prayer into your daily life! So here is the link:
    It was wonderful to gather together in Bethlehem Chapel again (it's like a womb to us) and a real privilege to welcome Rev Sister Margaret Anne from All Saints Convent to celebrate the eucharist with us for the first time.  The big turn-out reflected our hunger for the bread and wine, body and blood of Jesus - and it was a holy nourishing after a period of fasting.  Toby provided a great soundscape, Chris helped us meditate on St Paul's words about love using the Jesus prayer, and Andrea brought a prayer-provoking image of Christ for us to focus on.
    Chocolate brioche and flapjack was munched, much table-football was played, and space was made for children to play, adults to talk, and all to pray.  We had a big turn out with Sylvie, Isla, Ariane, Niamh & Ezra and Theo all bringing responsible-ish adults along.  It was particularly great to catch up with Darko before the family move to Dublin for 3 months to drastically reduce his commute to work to 15 mins!
    gathered around the snow may this inspire us all to find our daily discipline of prayer as part of mayBe's pattern of community life. These came from discussions at community meals and worship gathering in our spirit of mayBe cycle.
    • communicating prayer online eg twitter or facebook
    It was wonderful to be gathered together at Bethlehem chapel in our wellies and hiking boots having braved the snow to start the year with a gentle but heartfelt statement of intent.  Amazingly all seven members of mayBe taking on guardianship of different areas of our shared life were present to join with the community in making vows and receiving blessings.  This is the start of my third (and final) year as guadian of space/exploring and it is such a privilege to serve in this role.  I see it as a challenge to myself in the first place, and then to the community, to keep growing in faith and
    happy 2010 everyone! This cycle re-looking at the spirit of mayBe: a community exploring simple, creative, engaged, playful living in the way of Christ.

    Week 1: community, grace

    Cara's made this week's resource on grace, and the community meal on Thursday will be at Tracey, Rich & Harvey's. Also this week: Saturday community meal @ the Mish at 10am, and Sunday 10:30 @ the convent chapel for a renewal of guardians' vows, including dismissals, renewals and welcoming Ali as a new guardian, too! Music makers come at 10 on Sunday to prepare.

    Week 2: exploring, space

    Thanks Ginny for sharing this poem, written on the mayBe retreat

    We are forged in a crucible, round and warm. Our phoenix community; family; burgeoning. Watching the flames, Travelling with grace. Our prayers lifting with the smoke and light. Laughter and gurgling rising through the dark. And in the stillness, the coals glow, and become useful.

    apples of wisdom Here's what's going on in mayBe this advent: 
    • Thurs 17 December: no meeting
    • Sat 19 December: no meeting
    • Sun 20 December: Walk in Shotover, mince pies and mulled wine at Rich, Tracey & Harvey's. Yum!
    community conversation 20 Sept 2009 This cycle is called The Word Cycle. We’ll be looking at words in all their forms: speaking, text,  language and stories.

    Harvey and Niamh This cycle we're looking at children and childhood through the eyes of the Christian tradition - hopefully helping us to think about ourselves as children (the one relationship we all share) of our parents as well as children of our heavenly Father, and our attitudes towards child