Posts Tagged ‘Northumbria Community’

Journeying Through Easter

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

As the readers probably recall, just a few weeks ago we had our friends from the Northumbria Community for “their” week here at IBTS. One of the things they were preparing during that week was podcasts to be shared with brothers and sisters in the Baptist Union of Great Britain with meditations based on the perspective of the disciple Peter, leading from the Palm Sunday through the Holy Week leading into Easter. So if you click on this link, you will get a taste of the Northumbria Community and may also recognise various voices of IBTS folk!

Blessed – truly blessed – Holy Week to all of you.

Who Is It That You Seek, Pt II

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

During the Northumbria Week at IBTS, a number of us, including all CATs, have been involved in thinking through the way how our worship relates to our spirituality, and in working creatively on arranging sacred spaces which would help us  – and others – to see God and God’s work from a different perspective. Experiencing these sacred spaces was the focus of the last evening together with friends from Northumbria. Below are some impressions and thoughts of the CATs from the week: (more…)

Who is it that you seek?

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

We seek the Lord our God.

Do you seek Him with all your heart?

Amen. Lord, have mercy.

Do you seek Him with all your soul?

Amen. Lord, have mercy.

Do you seek Him with all your mind?

Amen. Lord, have mercy.

Do you seek Him with all your strength?

Amen. Christ, have mercy.

Some of the readers will immediatelly recognise this part of the morning prayer of the Northumbria Community, with whom we share a warm bond of friendship for a few years already. Part of that friendship is an annual visit of the friends from the  Community to IBTS to hold a Northumbria Week, which has been happening this week. It’s great as always to see Roy, Ken and Jean who were doing classes and workshops for CAT students and others who wanted to join in, and it was good to welcome their friends Andy and Corine Lang who stayed for one night. Andy is a pastor and musician who plays Celtic music on his harp and guitar, so on Tuesday night we had a concert in our local Jeneralka restaurant – the idea was to make it open to folk from the neighbourhood (who would not respond to an invitation to visit us on site!). We were quite a crowd from IBTS, and there were also two visitors who were very curious about who’s going to play what and how and stayed throughout the whole evening with us. The waiters and some other visitors of the restaurant seated in another room were peering in, but trying to look as if they were busy with something else, not standing just for listening.

I think the idea itself – to have a concert in a local eatery/gathering place – was an important one regardles of ‘results’. After all, so many churches struggle with expressions of faith or life of a faith community taken out into a public space, unless for strictly evangelistic or humanitarian purposes. So it was a great exercise – to show that it’s not easy, as people won’t necessarily stream in rows, but worthwile nevertheless, as it conveys a right spirit, and indeed shapes a disposition which goes out to the world rather than expecting pagan folk to turn up in the church, promptly in time for Sunday worship.

The role of Sunday worship was also discussed in the postgraduate seminar Roy Searle led on Wednesday afternoon. The following idea from that seminar stuck with me: how in today’s world, public worship could be helpfully seen as a consequence of coming to Christ, not the starting point. So we spent quite a bit of the discussion time on how worship should inspire (kick?) the followers of Jesus to go out and look for (safe) spaces where others can encounter the God they do not yet know – and also to create such spaces, but that is a topic for another blog entry.

– Lina

Response: We seek the Lord our God.
Call: Do you seek Him with all your heart?
Response: Amen. Lord, have mercy.
Call: Do you seek Him with all your soul?
Response: Amen. Lord, have mercy.
Call: Do you seek Him with all your mind?
Response: Amen. Lord, have mercy.
Call: Do you seek Him with all your strength?
Response: Amen. Christ, have mercy.Response: We seek the Lord our God.

Call: Do you seek Him with all your heart?

Response: Amen. Lord, have mercy.

Call: Do you seek Him with all your soul?

Response: Amen. Lord, have mercy.

Call: Do you seek Him with all your mind?

Response: Amen. Lord, have mercy.

Call: Do you seek Him with all your strength?

Response: Amen. Christ, have mercy.

Guests are always welcome…

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

As full-time students, we spend the whole academic year on the campus of the seminary, located in the wonderful city of Prague. It is an amazing place where we are really happy to study. We love spending time with each other and with our Academic Team but we are really happy to have guests around as well and it is the best time for us. The end of March was a treat for us, residential students, because we were hosting two events at the same time: the Student Week of the Consortium of European Baptist Theological Schools and Northumbria week. The Northumbria group always visits IBTS once a year and this time they came during the 22nd and 26th of March, coinciding with a visit with students from different seminaries. IBTS was again full of people and we really enjoyed the time spent together in fellowship. We had an opportunity to meet many people from different parts of the world without leaving the campus; we could speak about serious issues by sharing experiences with each other or just chatting for fun. We spent time together not only during the lectures but in the evenings as well over a cup of tea. On the final evening, there was a special event with the Northumbria community called Celtic Fire, a wonderful and unforgettable event for all of us.

After four days spent together it was a bit sad to say “farewell” to our new friends but the good news is that through the use of technology we have many opportunities to keep in touch with each other.

– Jenya

Photos from the week by Tima:

Northumbria and IBTS – the dispersed communities

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

One of the first visits of Northumbria Community people at IBTS (2006)

One of the first visits of Northumbria Community people at IBTS (2006)

Janice and I enjoyed joining in last Friday night with a Northumbria Community group that meets once a month here in Cambridge, where we are now living. The invitation to the group had come from the couple hosting it, who were part of the Northumbria Community team at IBTS earlier this year. It was good to meet new people, to be led in a meditation based on readings from Henri Nouwen, and to finish with the Cuthbert Compline. The Northumbria Community has a Mother House but also an extensive ‘dispersed membership’, with some of these members able to meet in local groups. I realised during the evening that although IBTS does not use quite the same language about the wider circle of those connected with it, there are those (like us) who are ‘dispersed members’ of the IBTS community. There are many who are not resident at IBTS but who value greatly their relationship with the seminary and who take literally the words that Keith Jones quotes so often from his Scottish Granny, ‘Haste ye back’.

– Ian