Christmas is coming!
The coca-cola Christmas lorry is once again on the road, the X-Factor final (& inevitable Christmas single fight) is nearly upon us and my house is getting filled up with various Christmassy things that my 2 year old has attempted to make; and the good ol’ fashioned carol services are nearly with us.
Part of me loves them, part of me hates them. I do love carols, but our church does them with full on drums, which I still find weird. I do love carol services, and our church does carol services in a big way.
Last year we had plasma screens, several lighting rigs, staging, fx, the whole hog. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m a full on geek – I love this kind of stuff – but it does challenge me. If this is the only time people come to our church (& in fact our carol services aren’t even held at our church), are they seeing a realistic picture of what we normally do? Will they turn up three sunday’s later and find the same thing? In a word, no. I can’t decide whether that is entirely bad or good…however, the good people over at Musicademy have also been pondering this and have written a far more intelligent and thorough review and response to our Christmas services….
Check it out here
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking what we do. I think we should be proud of our efforts and what we achieve. We just need to think carefully about the perception, and how we follow it up. After all, church is for life, not just for Christmas…