Today we used the Roots 'Gigantic Welcome' material as a basis for our service. It was the first of our 'new format' services so it was not without some trepidation that I stood up to lead. It is a complicated theme, and I'm not sure I did it any justice whatsoever... my sermon was still not the greatest despite five attempts, and I think that's perhaps because I was trying to juggle too many balls. People were gracious and generous in their response - even those who are not entirely convinced this is the way to go and the closing activity 'responding all together' seemed to work well as we made 'welcome bunting' for the church.
More than forty hand-crafted 'flags' which I have just threaded onto string (perversely I'm relieved a lot of people were away - the usual congregation would have meant double that!) assisted, or is that hindered, by a black and white furry fiend friend. A few photos to give just a hint of the kind of thing we made... just as thy were threaded along, so systematic selection I can assure you!