Changing worship blogs are like busses. You wait for over a week and then they all turn up at once. I want to say a few words of thanks for the Rock Mass at Dewsbury Minster last Saturday night.
The event was great to be part of. In the six years or so that we have been involved in this sort of worship event it has grown and grown. To think that an idea I had for an MA essay would grow into this huge event is astonishing. Previously we have been used to smaller local churches. All told there were 355 communicants on Saturday night and countless numbers of others. There was standing room only in the minster – for most of the people who were there! Lots of people travelled great distance to be there (Liverpool, Nottingham, Newcastle and the Isle of Man!). Several youth groups came along and many who have never been to church before came out of curiosity!
One of the great things about this experience has been collaborating with people. The staff at Dewsbury Minster were exceptionally helpful, supportive, relaxed and groovy. This was a great help because we were describing a concept that no one there had previously experienced. Thanks to the many people who came from around the country to help set up – Newcastle seems to be a good location for summoning roadies!
The tech support for the service was brilliant. A big thank you to Pete and Ken who both did an amazing job in exceptional circumstances. As well as that I don’t particularly envy Julz at trashiitreasure who is currently editing down hours of footage from four cameras into a DVD. Thanks for that!
The serving team with Revd Rach at the helm were brilliant. Thank you for getting on with it without the need for too much direction. Sorry you didn’t get to see the visuals. Thanks to the Cathedral staff who stepped in at the last-minute when some of our plans fell through and provided some stunning vestments and a massive icon. Thanks to Charity who preached a wonderfully cheeky and highly inspiring sermon about embracing the gifts of our young people.
As I say, one of the key things with this type of worship is collaboration. Whilst I made many of the visual aspects of the service from scratch, some of this would not have been possible without Fr Simon Rundell. He has been producing resources and making them open source for many years. When one and a half hours of visual material is needed, this is an invaluable resource. Thank you very much Fr. Even though you were not present in the minster, some of your images were and for that we thank you!
My last vote of thanks goes to the band and especially my wife. You guys worked really hard to put together the set and were professional throughout. You guys also did a brilliant job of keeping me sane!! ROCK ON!!
All of those who I have forgotten to mention, I apologise. Thank you for all your hard work.
This is a set of intercessions based upon the Queen and Bowie song Under Pressure.
Phil Ritchie posted this on his blog with the simple question, “is this what church feels like”? What a wonderful video. I have struggled to articulate what it is like for a hairy biker like myself to enter the church for the first time. It is two evenings ago that I was trying to explain this to a group of cradle Christians using the metaphor of going into a betting shop for the first time. I won’t be doing that again, I will be showing this clip!!
I must mention this to the Canon Missioner for his “Welcome” training day!