I’m having a good time thinking where this will turn up in the search engines. But naked church is really nothing more risque than church stripped to the bare essentials. We did it on Sunday. We didn’t choose to. We had to. It was ‘forced’ upon us by circumstances.
When Rufus and I got to the school shortly after 0900 to set up, we were greeted by an open but empty and unlit building. That was unusual. None of the lights were working, plunging the school hall into darkness. We found the caretaker who explained the situation. A small electrical fire had started in the school’s substation so we would be without power.
Providentially, I was surrounded by several men and women who were clearly good in a crisis. We negotiated the use of the canteen and had a couple of rooms for the children’s work. Claudia had her mobile phone, which illuminated the darkness of the store cupboard and we got to work.
It was actually quite exciting. And so much less hassle than setting up usually is. I admit I was a little worried what newcomers might make of it. But I hoped they’d be impressed by our ‘can do’ attitude! And anyway God intended that this day should happen like it did from before the creation of the world. And he meant it for our good. So I wasn’t unduly troubled. And I wasn’t alone. We all got stuck in, we prayed and God even brought back a few newcomers and a new family. How exciting is that?!
Actually ‘naked church’ was terrific. It was different. But different in a good way. It was no massive hardship to do without the powerpoint, the sound reinforcement or even the electronic keyboard. I missed the coffee though! But not as much as the three people who snoozed in the sermon!
Church without much of the paraphernalia was hugely enjoyable. We prayed as usual. We listened to God’s word as usual. We sang God’s praises as usual. But we did it unaccompanied by anything other than a sax and an acoustic guitar. And we encouraged one another as usual. But we did it without coffee. It seemed like God had given us a timely reminder at the start of a new year of what really matters at church; his word, his people and his glory.