HomeGroups by @davewalker #cnmac10

Dave Walker has been selected as a finalist for “Best Christian Blog” at the New Media Awards 2010. He is described as “a thirty-something cartoonist, web editor and former church and community youth worker has become the UK’S leading cartoon commentator on the state of the Church (local and national). His Guide to the Church cartoons appear weekly in the Church Times, and on the paper’s daily blog, and many more can be found on Dave’s website, www.cartoonchurch.com“. On the 1st October, Dave published the following entry on his blog, which seems particularly apt for #bigread2011.

This CartoonChurch.com cartoon by Dave Walker originally appeared in the Church Times. (Click on the image for the original quality image)

Comment (of sorts): I go to a church home group (group that meets in a home). Yes, I know, this could come as quite a surprise. The truth is that I really quite enjoy reading the Bible and sharing my ignorance with others. It has, ever so occasionally, been known for me to think to myself, or indeed out loud, ‘Oh dear – do I have to go home group tonight?’. But I nearly always come away having benefited from the experience in ways that I can’t necessarily articulate here (not all of them involving tasty treats or snacks). For me it is perhaps the most ‘genuine’ aspect of going to church, in that actual talking to other human beings is involved. I’m peculiar I know, but I find that helpful. I suspect I’m not alone in this. I don’t know that home group attenders are included on official church statistics though – at least I’ve never known anyone standing there with a clicker counting us in and out. But then it is quite often dark.

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I regularly find the study notes used at home groups rather deficient. I keep meaning to write my own, (with diagrams), but such a project is always about seventh on my list so never gets started. The (perhaps not so) strange thing is that the Bible somehow has its own ability to transcend the irrelevance of the study material. Theologians have a word for that kind of thing, but I forget what it is.

I should add that I drew this in November of 2006, which I think was before I started going to the group I go to. This means that no fellow participants, in the unlikely event that they should be reading, need fear that they are depicted. No, the people in the drawing are all people who went to former home groups of mine from the 1970s (I started young) until the 2000s. Probably you.

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