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Liberating and Real

Hi, welcome to our virtual coffee shop. Pull up a chair, take the load of your feet. Let’s chat.

So who are you, where you from, what do you do in life?
Beth, I live in South Wales and I’m a mum of 3 age 4 and under.

Can I get you a drink? Cappucino, earl grey, dandelion and burdock, pale ale?
Earl grey please…can’t stop drinking the stuff after a need for it during my last pregnancy!

Would you like a doughnut or pastry to go with that?
Ooo, a pastry would be perfect

So, if you had to describe the church/project/experiment/thingy you are currently involved with in one sentence, what would that sentence be?
Nothing as organised as that. Fast walking with my friend, hanging out with mum’s from families with addiction problems, looking into possibilities on the web.

Are you an instigator? / new recruit? / have absolutely no recollection of how you got involved?
I read Brian McKlaren’s book “A new kind of Christian” a while ago and it kind of gave me permission to think along the lines I had been. It’s a very personal journey, questioning everything. It’s liberating and real. I’m just checking out this whole emerging church stuff.

What do you value most about being part of it?
Not being the only one to wake up and find their faith unravelling before their eyes.

What excites you most about it?
I can be myself. I don’t’ have to stay in church sub-culture to be a Christian

Has anyone ever turned up out of the blue not knowing what to expect? What did they say?
Yeah, me. “I don’t know how I got here, but I like it”

Three words that describe your attitude to ‘being church’ in the big wide world: Relationships. Reconnecting. Listening.

Three words that DON’T:
Exclusive. Sunday service.

You have this weird dream – you meet Jesus face to face.
Where does it happen, what does he say to you?

On a beach. Beth, hold tight. You haven’t seen anything yet!

What’s the big secret you’re itching to share with everyone?
I sometimes want to dance in random, public places!

What would your ’emerging church survival kit’ contain?
A computer. A few like minded friends. Some kind of mentor.

Anything else you’d like to share with us before you have to rush off?
Yeah, it’s probably only 6 hours until my youngest wakes up for the morning, so I better get to bed.

Thanks. Good to see you, have a good day!