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

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VFXtra June 2013 JPEG


Posted by Ian on April 25, 2013

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

so raw

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

vulnerable Immanuel

touch tomorrow real

organic fragility

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…

Posted by Ian on April 22, 2013

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:

ECG VFX welcome words



Posted by Ian on April 22, 2013