*Shameless plug klaxon*
One of the founders of Anglican Memes, Bryony Taylor, has written a fun book about the portrayal of Christians on the telly. If you like Anglican Memes you might enjoy it. Rev Kate Bottley (that vicar off the telly) said this about it:
‘Vicars (and Christians) on the telly are viewed by the wider population with a varying mixture of disdain, amusement and downright bewilderment. Bryony’s book not only explores the good, the bad and the quirky of TV “vicars” but also asks what we can learn from how the media paints a picture of the clergy and how we might challenge the stereotypes. It also makes us laugh at ourselves and recognise that sometimes the media portrayals of clergy (and Christians as a whole) are painfully accurate, sometimes we are frankly ridiculous and sometimes we deserve to be satirised. The hope has to be that by taking a good hard look at ourselves we might be changed to be more like the real “star of the show” (that’s Jesus by the way).’
Available from all good bookshops etc. – click here for more information. Here’s one of the comedy clips that inspired the book:
We have been fans for a long time of the Twitter account Very British Problems which charts the everyday embarrassment of being a socially awkward Brit. Delightfully, a book is now published with the full collection of situations – read more about it in this article.
Inspired by this, I have begun thinking of some specifically Church of England-related awkwardness. Here are a few starters which I shall tweet over a few days. Please start sending in your own either by Twitter, Facebook or by commenting below.
Not being sure if you can leave after Evensong whilst the organ voluntary is still playing. #awkwardanglican
Being unexpectedly hugged by someone during the peace.
Putting a twenty pound note into the collection plate and wondering how you can hide it so as not to look ostentatious.
Hastily switching from trespasses to sins in saying the Lord’s Prayer.
Knocking someone’s teeth with the chalice whilst administering communion.
Asking for coffee but when the old lady makes you a tea thanking them profusely and drinking it, even though you hate tea.
Eating the free Smarties but then forgetting to collect money in the tube for the Children’s Society during lent.
Trying to interpret a child’s picture from Sunday School in front of a full congregation.
Kneeling and then realising you’re standing on your cassock as you try to stand up gracefully.
Some of Anglican Meme’s transatlantic brothers and sisters have been complaining that they have no idea what Last of the Summer Wine is. For shame!!
Last of the Summer Wine is the UK’s longest running reality TV show documenting Yorkshire’s care in the community for the elderly. It is compulsory viewing on Sunday evenings. Songs of Praise, Last of the Summer Wine and then off to Evensong with Fr Braithwaite.
‘Ere in Yorkshire it is on every night of the week at 7:30pm just after Emmerdale Farm.
I’m not dreaming. This is actually happening! This is the best discovery EVER!
This may even trump the cheese and wine extravaganza we organised in church when I was a curate!
Proof (ABV) that there is a God.
Sarah’s our new heroine. Not wanting to bother anyone OR get into trouble she tweeted her way out of a locked church. Here is her live account of being locked in St Andrew’s Plymouth.