This year we are participating again in Get In The Picture at our church. We have a brilliant artist (thanks Gill) who is painting a display for us with cutouts into which people will be able to put their heads (thanks to Dave S for the craftsmanship), a bit like the seaside photoboards. We will also have heads that fill the unused gaps so the picture is always complete.
This display will always be outside our church in daytime, and we will Get In The Picture on several occasions during the next few weeks: taking photos and inviting people to go to the website to see them. (Any offers of help for December Late Night Opening Wednesdays would be very much appreciated!).
I love the concept of this – it is fun, it is vibrant, it is easy to join in and it is gently pointing people towards the real truth at the heart of Christmas. That also sounds to me like a set of values that should be behind much of what we do as churches at this time of the year. Perhaps they should be values that underpin all that we do all year around! And since ‘church’ is a collective noun for a group of Christians who are journeying together perhaps they should also be values for our individual lives as free samples of Jesus…
Be blessed, be a blessing
Photograph-related joke (by the way, wouldn’t it save a lot of money on weddings if we had wedding versions of these displays into which everyone put their heads – no more expensive wear-one-time-only outfits!)
The child was a typical four-year-old girl – cute, inquisitive, bright as a new penny. When she expressed difficulty in grasping the concept of marriage, her father decided to pull out his wedding photo album, thinking visual images would help.
One page after another, he pointed out the bride arriving at the church, the entrance, the wedding ceremony, the recessional, the reception, etc.
“Now do you understand?” he asked.
“I think so,” she said, “is that when Mum came to work for us?”