VFXtra Learning and Support Days for Pioneers
The date for the next VFXtra day is 2o June 2013.
These days are open to any who might find them useful. Generally, the morning will be a time for some theological reflection together, with a mixture of structured input, conversation and discussion. There’ll be lunch together and then in the afternoon some time to share more informally – and offer prayer and encouragement to one another as we reflect on our different experience and context. There’s no charge for the day, though you may need to buy your own lunch. We would like to know that you’re coming, though, so that we can ensure that the practical arrangements are appropriate.
- Newcastle: The Holy Biscuit
- Cambridge: 230 High St, Cottenham
- Birmingham: The Queen’s Foundation
- Manchester: Nexus Arts cafe
Click on the flyer below for a full size version.
Martin Daws makes poetry at ECG
we were chuffed to be joined by the Poet Martin Daws for a couple of days at ECG a couple of weeks ago. during the Saturday evening communion gathering we worked out how we could incorporate Martin’s skills into the service and decided to frame the evening around the theme ‘one body’. led by Martin, everybody in the gathering broke off a piece of Christ’s body (clay) and moulded the first letter of a word associated to the theme ‘body’… the challenge was for martin to write a poem throughout the communion using the words people had felt.
although Martin was able to produce something in the time given during the service he had felt that he wasn’t that pleased with the results and as a true pro had to go away and dwell on the words some more. this is what he has come up with:
Struggle In my body to touch you
touch you real
broken from sickness to death
the pain of life
body of life covers womb communion
newness of being sin reborn in transience
intimacy of un-wrappings – your gift of frailty
Frail love payment Shylock made vulnerable
touch tomorrow real
holy touch of skin
murder thought beyond beauty
thought beyond (your presence)
sacrifice mortality for mercy (in your presence)
warm juice of body caress incarnate (in your presence)
time covered physicality (in your presence)
mortal mercy being beauty (in your presence)
wholeness/hope/faith alive (in your presence)
Martin you are a legend and thanks again for your time with us earlier this month…
ECG welcome words
During the ECG conference in Scarborough in early April, the VentureFX pioneers were involved in leading a number of events in the Spa Theatre and elsewhere. Each evening they led an immersive worship experience at some point during which some words of welcome were used. A few folk have asked if they could have a copy of those words, so here’s the link: