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Last week I asked readers of this blog to send me choir hat designs. There has been a great response, and here, a little belatedly (apologies), is the final selection of designs. The credit and commentary for each is after each drawing.
Hat by Joel I. The only one to feature space for a quiche. Good to have season flexibility and balancing requirements considered too.
‘Hats for choir members’ by Judith R. A selection of church styles has been considered, as has a range of climatic conditions. I can see some mild chaos as the free church choir run after their blown-away headgear.
Angel hat by David Bowen. He writes ‘The purpose of the choir hat that I have designed is to remind the congregation that they are but part of a larger spiritual realm in which the angels participate in worship’.
Chris C has drawn these hats from above. I won’t pretend to understand all of the symbolism – there is some debate at CartoonChurch HQ as to whether the four items on the pro women bishops hat are flowers or pom poms. No doubt Chris or indeed someone else will be happy to enlighten us.
These are Sara’s designs. The hat is accompanied by a CSI-style kevlar vest (credit to the Unshelved.com Library Raid collection and St Leonard for the idea). This design is definitely for you if you feel, whilst singing in the choir, that some kind of bulletproof body-warmer is appropriate.
Anne’s Mark 1 choir hat, which has every kind of advanced feature you could require. Note that it does require the ‘amenities dispenser’ (available separately).
This design is one my wife drew and threw in the bin. I quite liked it though, hence its inclusion. The bracket can be used for music or to house a mirror, for vanity or to enable awareness of manoeuvres being carried out by choir members in the back row.
Lastly a couple that I have drawn, although this one was Sara’s idea. There are secret compartments for biscuits, periscopes and strepsils. The points can be raised or lowered to access the oddments using a series of pulleys attached to the handle.
Finally, my church choir hat. Flags of different liturgical colours can be flown, and lowered to half-mast during times of national mourning.
Thanks once again for all contributions. Feel free to debate these hats in the comments below, or on Twitter using the #choirhats (not currently trending) hashtag.
Update: Crimperman on Twitter has kindly posted a design just as I’m leaving the office (hence not included) – you can see it here.
Posted by Dave at 5:29 pm on November 12, 2010 and filed under Cartoons, Church.
If you’ve ever wondered what clergy keep under their cassock then my cassock cartoon may help. Click that link for the full version. This picture is from The Exciting World of Churchgoing, the paper version of the book of the same name.
I have you, the commenters on this blog, to thank for this cartoon. On 8 January 2008 I asked for help on the subject, and was overwhelmed with good ideas. So thank you.
Posted by Dave at 10:27 pm on October 20, 2010 and filed under Cartoons, Church.
A rumour has sprung forth that I have been elected to General Synod. I received the following e-mail from my vicar following a conversation on the subject: ‘Most of the Chelmsford Diocese seems to think you are on it and I was so convinced by them that I’ve put it in the Notice Sheet! OOOPs!’
This is dissatisfactory state of affairs because once something is in the Notice Sheet it more or less becomes true by nature of the stature of the publication. If I am not careful it will become the talk of the parish and I will have to attend services this Sunday in person just so as to convince people that the Notice Sheet is not infallible.
I’d therefore like to take this opportunity to reassure readers that (a) I am not on General Synod, and (b) I am not the Bishop of Dudley, David Walker. To friends of the Bishop of Dudley, David Walker, I’d like to say (1) He is on General Synod, and (2) he is not me.
I hope this clears things up.
The list of who is actually on General Synod is kept on a list maintained by Peter Owen. As you can see I am not on it. It is not the official list, but it might as well be as everyone refers to it, including the officials who organise General Synod. I myself have typed ‘Peter Owen Synod’ into Google about twelve times today just to check whether I was on General Synod. If Peter wanted to cause synodical havoc he would be ideally placed to do so. I on the other hand, am hoping to learn about saving bookmarks at this Saturday’s Advanced Christian Computing Conference. More about that later.
Update: Notice that will appear in our church notice sheet:
Posted by Dave at 7:53 am on October 15, 2010 and filed under Anglican goings-on, Church, Essex Life.
Today’s cartoon is entitled ‘Numbers’ – this is one quarter of it, see the full version here. There are instructions on that page if you’d like to do things like republish it, etc. This cartoon is taken from the latest book, the Exciting World of Churchgoing.
While I’m writing I’d just like to mention the people who responded to my rather grumpy tweet earlier, which I made after (among other things) discovering that the only review (by Leone from Lancashire) of my latest calendar on Amazon gave it one star out of five. Thanks to everyone who responded with extra reviews and clicking of buttons to improve my calendar rating to 4.5 stars, which is as much as one would dare to hope for from any calendar. It was very kind of you. This now makes this calendar my most reviewed item, the books having received somewhere between zero and one reviews each. So – thank you!
Posted by Dave at 6:01 pm on October 12, 2010 and filed under Cartoons, Church.
Why do people make notes during the sermon? Find out in the latest cartoon I’ve uploaded to CartoonChurch.com, entitled Making notes. This one is from the new book, the Exciting World of Churchgoing. I’ve even created a new section for cartoons from that book, and all being well they will appear daily this week (Mondays-Fridays only).
I make notes all the time. Even at dinner parties. I don’t find I get invited to a lot of dinner parties these days. No idea why.
I have about three notebooks on the go at any one time, and multiple sheets of paper / napkins / service sheets. A lot of these I lose, or they end up in big piles of paper which are then (once a year) transferred to big files of paper. Sometimes I look through the big files but all I find are sheets of paper with nonsensical scribbles on them. It is a system that has never failed not to work.
Hope you enjoy the cartoons this week. Feel free to send me ideas on (unused) napkins – address on the left there (or right, I forget).
Posted by Dave at 7:48 pm on October 11, 2010 and filed under Cartoons, Church, New CartoonChurch cartoons.
I’ve posted my rural deans cartoon – the image above is but one bit of it. Cartoon from My Pew / Church Times.
I’ve chosen to post this one for those who have the bishops and archdeacons cartoons and are looking to complete the set. Yes, I know, you call them ‘area deans’ in a lot of places these days. But, as terms go, rural dean is more fun to work with. I had forgotten all about the tractor / sheep image in each picture until I did the computer editing just now.
Thank you once more for your help with yesterday’s questions, by the way. It really was a huge help. I’ve now drawn the hassocks / kneelers cartoon but am very open to further suggestions on tables and vestries. I might be as bold as to ask for ideas ever so slightly more often from now on in order to protect my own sanity.
Posted by Dave at 10:18 pm on October 5, 2010 and filed under Cartoons, Church, New CartoonChurch cartoons.
See this picture in full on the main CartoonChurch.com site: the home group. It’s another from the My Pew book.
Comment (of sorts): I go to a church home group (group that meets in a home). Yes, I know, this could come as quite a surprise. The truth is that I really quite enjoy reading the Bible and sharing my ignorance with others. It has, ever so occasionally, been known for me to think to myself, or indeed out loud, ‘Oh dear – do I have to go home group tonight?’. But I nearly always come away having benefited from the experience in ways that I can’t necessarily articulate here (not all of them involving tasty treats or snacks). For me it is perhaps the most ‘genuine’ aspect of going to church, in that actual talking to other human beings is involved. I’m peculiar I know, but I find that helpful. I suspect I’m not alone in this. I don’t know that home group attenders are included on official church statistics though – at least I’ve never known anyone standing there with a clicker counting us in and out. But then it is quite often dark.
I regularly find the study notes used at home groups rather deficient. I keep meaning to write my own, (with diagrams), but such a project is always about seventh on my list so never gets started. The (perhaps not so) strange thing is that the Bible somehow has its own ability to transcend the irrelevance of the study material. Theologians have a word for that kind of thing, but I forget what it is.
I should add that I drew this in November of 2006, which I think was before I started going to the group I go to. This means that no fellow participants, in the unlikely event that they should be reading, need fear that they are depicted. No, the people in the drawing are all people who went to former home groups of mine from the 1970s (I started young) until the 2000s. Probably you.
Posted by Dave at 4:19 pm on October 1, 2010 and filed under Cartoons, Church.
Well, now you can find out. The full version of the cartoon (image above is just one panel) is called Archdeacons, and is now available on CartoonChurch.com.
Feel free to send this cartoon to your archdeacon. Click this special link to do so.
Posted by Dave at 7:23 pm on September 30, 2010 and filed under Cartoons, Church, New CartoonChurch cartoons.
This is one idea of six – see the cartoon Leaving Church for the full list, which has been sensibly filed in the cartoons section.
This drawing is once again from the 2008 book ‘My Pew – Things I have seen from it’. See this and my other books of diagrams on my (newly constructed) Books page.
In-depth comment: These days the emphasis is all on getting people to come to church. There are various initiatives, such as Back of Church Sunday that encourage people to do so. These initiatives are beginning to achieve their goals, with some statistics showing that numbers of people going to church are static. I’m often static when I go to church.
But in the midst of all this success spare a thought for those whose job it is to get people out of church, especially churchwardens and vergers (or ‘virgers’, as people who like to call them that like to call them). They can’t go home and have their Sunday lunch until everyone has gone.
There’s a lesson there for us all. Can’t think what it is though. I’m not quite ready for Thought for the Day yet.
Posted by Dave at 9:43 pm on September 29, 2010 and filed under Cartoons, Church, New CartoonChurch cartoons.
I’ve added the all-age service to the cartoons section of CartoonChurch.com. The image above is one panel of four – click here to see the whole thing.
This one is taken from the last book, My Pew – Things I have seen from it. I’ve got a few more to post and then I’ll start to post some from the new book.
Posted by Dave at 3:05 pm on September 14, 2010 and filed under Cartoons, Church, New CartoonChurch cartoons.
I did this cartoon, all to do with the people we tend to pray for the most in church, as a commission for the organisation After Sunday in 2008. It has surfaced on the internet (thanks Alan in Belfast), so I thought I’d post it here. I could even, if there was a mild demand from the public, put up the high resolution I suppose. I have no plans to rush into such an action though.
Posted by Dave at 6:58 pm on September 12, 2010 and filed under Cartoons, Church, Spirituality.
See a larger version here.
It appeared in the same newspaper as yesterday’s one, it is from the same book as yesterday’s one, the publishers are the same as for yesterday’s one, and you can buy it in the same places as yesterday’s one. For further information see yesterday’s one.
Posted by Dave at 8:25 am on July 7, 2010 and filed under Cartoons, Church, New CartoonChurch cartoons.