If I was to say the word ‘tent’ what would come to mind?
- Baked Beans
Personally I am not a fan of camping or tents, even though I subject myself to a tent every year for a Christian Festival called New Wine. Indeed, I recently stumbled across a most fitting quote that explains my experience of camping through and through. It’s written by an American author by the name of Dave Barry and reads:
“It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.”
Yet, in the Bible (Acts 18:3), the Apostle Paul finds tents incredibly useful. He was much like the ‘Go Outdoors’ of Biblical times! He made tents for a living, just so he could have what he needed financially to enable him to spend the rest of his time sharing Jesus with Jews and Greeks alike.
Our love-hate relationship with tents is going to put many of us to the test in the October half term (29th October-5th November). Whilst its very likely to be raining the tent that St Denys and Lisvane Baptist hope to pitch here in the village will be filled with all that is good about tents – fun, family, friends, community, and food.
The BIG TENT Event will see a large tent pitched on the field behind Treetops Nursery for a week, filled with events for children, young people, older people and everyone in between. We hope these events facilitated by both churches running through the half term holiday will serve our community here in Lisvane. We will have a visiting team from a church in Texas, who will be here to help us throughout the week.
We are especially excited about a ‘Community Showcase’ and cream tea on the first Sunday where many of our local groups and communities will be encouraged to come and showcase their contribution to life here in Lisvane.
I’m fairly new to Lisvane but since arriving here I have been really impressed by the feel and scope of genuine community here. Over the course of the BIG TENT Event I hope that our tent will give a little something back, a heartfelt thank you. For us as churches it’s about sharing something of God’s pleasure for the people of this community.
When you are camping and it’s raining and miserable, the only place you want to be is in your tent, probably snuggled in your sleeping bag. We hope The BIG TENT Event will be one such place of warmth, welcome and refuge this October Half Term. We would love you to join us for some (or all!) of it and look forward to seeing you then.