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.

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'.
• Just as a form of encouragement - what are each of us 'giving up' (or taking up!) for Lent? Sam and I are giving up plastic bags (new ones) so we're re-using many that are populating our plastic bag store cupboard. Lets remind each other what things we've given up via this forum so we can support each other by asking when we see each other. [Dave 16.2.08]
Some big news from Gail and myself: we will be moving to the south-west of England this summer and do our work from our home in South Devon [we currently live in rented accommodation in Oxford].
Our new cycle in Epiphany 2009 is taking some of the music of U2 as background and way in to the Epiphany theme. For one thing, and most importantly, the music is simply very good. That's enough - this is shalom - the sound of God's-better-world-now breaking out and breaking in. But more than that, U2's songs invariably explore themes of yearning, hope, and possibility. And they frequently use biblical imagery [brilliantly] to do this. We imagine that they will stretch us and open up some great questions. We may also be able to take some pieces of songs and make them into mayBe music.
Our new cycle in Epiphany 2009 is taking some of the music of U2 as background and way in to the Epiphany theme. For one thing, and most importantly, the music is simply very good. That's enough - this is shalom - the sound of God's-better-world-now breaking out and breaking in. But more than that, U2's songs invariably explore themes of yearning, hope, and possibility. And they frequently use biblical imagery [brilliantly] to do this. We imagine that they will stretch us and open up some great questions. We may also be able to take some pieces of songs and make them into mayBe music.
John and Emma we are so thankful that you have been companions on our journey, friends on the way, and blessing-makers to this community. As you prepare to take your next steps we bless you and we seek God's blessing for you. May you bring the spirit of engagement for a better world now. May you carry the spirit of play into every day. May you know and be the presence of Jesus wherever you go. May this, in God's good care, be so....
I've created a mayBe carbon club for  imeasure. So far Ali and I are ranked 1 out of 1!!! Go Strickland's.... You have been invited to join the Carbon Club 'mayBe' by Deborah Strickland. If you are already a member of imeasure, you will be able to compare your carbon output with other members of the group.
John and Emma we are so thankful that you have been companions on our journey, friends on the way, and blessing-makers to this community. As you prepare to take your next steps we bless you and we seek God's blessing for you. May you bring the spirit of engagement for a better world now. May you carry the spirit of play into every day. May you know and be the presence of Jesus wherever you go. May this, in God's good care, be so....

Thanks everyone for contributions to the Greenbelt ideas conversation. Our thing in the New Forms cafe [3pm Saturday] will be way of the sun: a sacramental journey in darkness and light, following in the way, spirit and presence of Jesus of the Gospels. And we have been asked to do a 'spontaneous act of worship'... way of the sun: improvised: a flashmob event - an orientation towards Jesus the So

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