In 2009 the Diocese of Bath and Wells will be 1100 years old. Founded towards the end of what archaeologists like to call the Dark Ages, and forgetting for a moment that there are bits of the Diocese that are still in the Dark Ages ecclesiologically, we will have been around for 1100 years.
To celebrate, Bishops will walk the bounds (going cautiously around the Longleat lion enclosure, no Daniels here), Glastonbury will host a celebration of great joy and probably a fair bit of poncing about in finery as it will be expected by some, a special beer will be brewed (more like it) and here in Nailsea we'll, we'll, we'll...
Well what? As Hope08 segues into Despair09 (this joke (C) Matt Clucas 2008) how will we celebrate? Any ideas please.
Here's my thought, although I promise I'm not just asking for your ideas in order to tell you how good mine is.
Could we find 1100 local Christians to pray together for 1100 seconds (just under 20 minutes) in Millennium Park? It would be tight. I reckon our churches are in touch with about 900.