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The Ladywell Fields Summer Festival
11am - 5pm, August 23rd, 2009

The Lewisham Seventh-day Adventist Church is organising a community fun-day* in Ladywell Fields. They say:

"The intention is to get to know our friends and neighbours and give something back to our community.

"Can you sing, dance or play an instrument? If so come and participate in our free talent contest. Or just come along and listen to the programme of entertainment we have lined up for you, great music featuring local choirs and musicians, comedians Richard Blackwood and Slim to take away those recession blues. Alan Charles - Dub Poetry and rapping plus Alive Theatre Group will perform a puppet show on stopping gun & knife crime.

"The children will have great fun on our Bouncy Castles or they can try some arts & crafts, make a kite and then watch our Pathfinders drumming display. Activities for the under fives and parachute games.

"There is a mini football tournament, come and sign up on the day, registration is between 11am - 12pm.

"Our 'Health Expo' Tent is offering a range of free health checks. Get your cholesterol and blood pressure tested. Take our blowing test and check your peak flow, lung expansion, find out your health age. Get advice on healthy eating, diet, nutrition and exercise. Take the Harvard step test. Free Counselling.

"See a Fire Engine close up and chat to the Firemen. All this plus great vegetarian food and drinks, hot dogs, pop corn, BBQ and stalls selling cakes, clothes and bric-a-brac."

*FYI, Wikipedia says that the Church's attitude to fun and entertainment is based on the following fundamental belief:

"For the Spirit to recreate in us the character of our Lord we involve ourselves only in those things which will produce Christlike purity, health, and joy in our lives. This means that our amusement and entertainment should meet the highest standards of Christian taste and beauty. While recognizing cultural differences, our dress is to be simple, modest, and neat, befitting those whose true beauty does not consist of outward adornment but in the imperishable ornament of a gentle and quiet spirit."

18 comments:

monkeyboy said...

biting my tongue here. . .

Anonymous said...

Jogging with Jesus

Anonymous said...

Having a sado-masochistic experience MB?

Are you playing the gimp?

The Cat Man said...

"For the Spirit to recreate in us..."

"...the character of our Lord.."

"...will produce Christ like purity.."

More nuts than in a snickers bar

Monkeyboy said...

Sex is more fun when you have some residual Christian guilt....well I find anyway.

erm.... I'll get my coat....

drakefell debaser said...

If this is the same Richard Blackwood they have lined up then god help comedy.

http://tinyurl.com/kjohe7

He does punctuate his tat with the odd swear word though which guarantees to get the average peak flow up. Every cloud..

Anonymous said...

Richard Blackwood is about as funny as Richard Herring.

Anonymous said...

I suppose the wiki entry is put there to mock but I think it's rather beautiful. What's the alternative; secular definition of fun? Getting drunk, and getting off with someone you don't know?

For the spirits (vodka, whiskey) to recreate in us (the Indian meal we wolfed down earlier)...

Monkeyboy said...

here we go.... you can have fun, lead a perfectly moral and good life without believing in the cosmic tooth fairy.

Anonymous said...

The "here we go" cliched part of this began with the predictable mocking of the religious.

You don't believe in God, they do, just leave it at that.

Brockley Nick said...

Anon 21.29 no it wasn't there to mock. As an atheist, I don't know much about the differences between the various sects of Christianity, so wanted to understand what kind of crowd the adventists are before promoting the event. That bit about their attitude towards entertainment seemed pertinent and helps to give people a sense of the type of fun they might expect to find.

Monkeyboy said...

Sorry but the older I get, the more I read, see and experience the less I understand why people equate faith with morality. I just don't get it, I'm an atheist and hardly ever kill or rob.

Monkeyboy said...

..... that was radio Monkeyboy's thought for the day. G'night.

Brockley Nick said...

If people can equate richard blackwood with richard herring, they are capable of any amount of silly relativism.

Anonymous said...

They're both Dicks.

Anonymous said...

Richard Herring is a comedy genius, Richard Blackwood isn't.

Anonymous said...

Genius?! Now that IS funny.

Anonymous said...

Equating faith with morality? Well it depends on type and quality of faith.

As has perhaps always been the case many people profess to be Christian but are manifestly not, in terms of how they behave.

Conversely, you'll find people who are avowedly atheist yet are the best 'christians in town' due to their social mindedness and integrity.

There's much in the new atheism as advanced by Dawkins that is simply neo-religious. Look at Camp Quest, it basically Jesus camp but with a substituted faith, the faith of non faith.

So it's all much of a muchness. If we must judge groups people a least try to be open minded. You haven't attended the fun day, you don't know what the tone of the event will be like in reality.

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