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:
Following several days without bitter cold or rain, and with summer temperatures being sustained for more than three days of summer, the Church of England has launched a manual of advice for coping with unAnglican forms of summer weather.
Extracts from the manual:
Clergy are advised to brag on Twitter about how cool their churches remain, despite it being up in the 80s or 90s outside.
Full vestments must continue to be worn. However, a training video has been made available on Youtube in which Revd Kate Bottley demonstrates forms of liturgical dance designed to waft breezes up appropriate openings throughout the service
Sources of heat in church such as candles, computers, projectors and menopausal readers are to be kept locked in the vestry for the duration
Clergy are discouraged from preaching hellfire and brimstone sermons and from using ‘the exploding orb of nuclear fusion in the sky’ as a visual aid in this regard
Coffee after the service is to be replaced by Pimms, gin & tonics or very weak orange squash
The manual is only available online as it is not expected to be required very often. However, the far more popular tract “Water: how to stem its flow into your church from all directions” continues to be a bestseller.
When Kate officiated at Gary and Tracy Richardson’s wedding service earlier this month, they wanted a little more than a polite Church of England round of applause after being pronounced husband and wife. Rev Kate was only too happy to help…