Saturday, December 04, 2004

Christmas Bazaar

For a couple of years now, I've been plotting how to discontinue having our traditional Christmas Bazaar, which sometimes feels as if it's got into the 'As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be' mode. The trouble is, this has never been a popular idea. People actually like the Bazaar; and it raises money that we give away to good causes. But it has sometimes felt like a burden falling on the same faithful souls year after year. And how do you discern, anyway, when it's time to stop doing what has been done in the past, and turn your efforts to something new?

Well, this year's Bazaar took place this morning, to raise money for Divya Shanthi (the Christian association in Bangalore that we support) and the Oxfordshire Association for the Blind. And it was a really happy, friendly event. Everyone had fun. There was none of the grumbling sense of being put upon that has sometimes been hanging around. So now I haven't got the heart to suggest scrapping it next year. And I still don't know how to discern about endings and new beginnings: surely one of the hardest things in church life.

posted by Tony at 12/4/2004 08:30:10 PM


Mumcat said...

I think the time to quit is when those on whose shoulders the burden falls say "I'm sorry -- I can't do it this year." I really believe that if the people enjoy something they will find a way to make it work if given enough room and enough latitude. Yes, there has to be some guideline, but if it is an enjoyable activity that everybody supports, why quit doing it? Think of it as yet another opportunity for fellowship while doing something to further the kingdom.

12/4/2004 10:00:39 PM  
Kathryn said...

"endings and new beginnings"
Ouch. I've come to the conclusion of late that what the people here would really like is a reprise of the glory days when +Robert of blessed memory was new beginnings,- only restoration of a utopian past. Trying to balance that with the God who makes all things new is decidedly challenging at times..

12/4/2004 10:30:03 PM  

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