Yesterday we did church differently. Something we are getting rather good at, if I may say so... people are gracious and generous in engaging with different things, adapting to different times, places and formats.
To close out our autumn themes of creation and harvest (and because our usual venue wasn't available) we went to the Glasgow Science Centre where, after coffee and chat, we watched the planetarium show 'wonders of the universe', shared packed lunches and participated in a simple communion service.
Spending roughly three hours together was inherently good. Conversations were deeper and more wide ranging. Rather than just sitting where we always sit (which was impossible) people sat with different people and, with more time and less input, had time to get to know each other.
There were many beautiful moments which, rightly, could not be captured in a photo. A parent offering the chalice to a child. The Lord's Prayer in multiple languages. The smiles on faces old and young. The excitement of a woman in her 80s. The sleeping baby.
Our church is a messy church, an open, enquiring, Jesus-following, surprised-by-God, Spirit-infused, loving, hoping community.
I am proud of our church. Proud to be part of this pilgrim people, learning together, muddling along, being perceived on the one hand as prophetic and on the other as heretical (probably a good combination!).
All my ministerial life, I've held a secret ambition to organise a "Sunday Fun Day", yesterday (which was organised by others - so even better) came pretty close!