42: UK Methodist Bloggers Meeting introduced the idea (and the comments explored it a lot).
42: First pass Dates for UK Methodist Bloggers Mtg started to collect feedback on dates.
42: Location for Methodist Bloggers Meeting explored some location options, shame that the post titles are so cryptic <grin>
Conclusions so far:
Date: January 2008 either 4th & 5th OR 11th & 12th
Nobody has ruled these out, more prefer the earlier date at present. However the second dates are probably better for people with kids at school (unless the blogger is a teacher I guess).
Mark both in your diaries for now and we will firm up ASAP so keep responding in comments to let us know how these suit you.
Location: My recommendation is the Community for Reconciliation, Barnes Close
A trinity of reasons:
- Location: They are in a very simple location for people driving approx 2 miles from M5 junction 4. The instructions for trains and buses also look simple.
- Price and facilities are both good for us. Current price is £54 per person and WiFi is available.
- They are very responsive. Somewhere that can reply to an email enquiry sent at 21:16 on a Saturday by 23:26 the same day is encouraging. Oh and they are available those 2 dates.
There are a number of items that have been mentioned. We will need to pull this together so we all know what we are signing up for. In my opinion it is quite important to get the structure and balance right. That means a good mix between worship, social, theological, technical, strategic, blogging and free time (not forgetting eating!).
Start and finish timing.
We have so far agreed to have Friday and Saturday. With longish travelling for some, should we make our programme start at noon on Friday and end with lunch on Saturday? An alternative would be a fuller 2 days. For example we could start at 10am Friday and finish at 4pm Saturday. That might mean some need an extra nights stay and it may be a concern for anyone leading worship on the Sunday morning (more particularly a concern for their congregations).
Whatever other decisions we make about timing and sessions I believe we should wrap them properly in prayer and worship. So I suggest that we plan around morning, noon and evening prayer and that we end with a communion service. We can pair up to plan the acts of worship so that we get variety and not too much work for any person. We can always add more worship as the spirit leads anyway. If anyone would like to volunteer musical talent that would be great to know about.
When we get a bit more firmed up then we can start on the session details, who leads what etc.
I think I want to see about 10 pretty definite "count me in" statements before I actually book the conference centre. So sign up via comment, blog about it and start emailing all the methodists who blog but have not yet responded. Point them to here.
Over to you all.