Last night we went to Pacha, one of the most famous and popular clubs in the world. It was a totally immense experience! Now there is no doubt there is a variety of opinions within the Christian family about whether or not you should go to clubs. My first experience of a big club in Ibiza was two years ago, see my previous post… here
My perspective on clubbing, pubs etc has come down to the issue of motivation. What is our motivation for going? If you go to a club and you are a follower of Jesus, your motivation has always got to be… Keep on following Jesus. You aren’t there to get wasted or to pick someone up, you are there to be a friend, to worship, to have fun, to serve, to show love.
There are a number of reasons the 24-7 teams go clubbing:
1. In trying to reach a culture, you have to understand it, and we want to understand and reach club culture.
2. We want to show you can go to a club and have a fun time without alcohol or drugs! You can chat to people, and even pray with them!
3. Ultimately, we want to acknowledge, that no matter what way it is twisted, music and dance was originally created by God. So our clubbing involves worship and prayer, not of the music or DJ, but God.
Pacha last night was fabulous…. Here’s some of the lyrics of one of the first tracks played:
“you’ve got to praise him till the blessings come down, praise him till the situation turns around, you’ve got to lift up your voice and say hallelujah anyway, hallelujah anyway…”
We are on our third day in Ibiza, it’s been fantastic so far. We are just back from a prayer walk at the beautiful Cala Conta watchtower right out at the end of the bay. You get a great view of San Antonio from there and a real sense of how small the town and resort are, surrounded by this beautiful bay and all this made by a creative God who loves all that he has made.
Last night was our second night on the streets, it was a bit mad really, but we had the privilege to talk to lots of people, pray with some, walk a few home, and help others in need. We prayed for connections with people… i.e. that we would meet people from similar places as us or from similar backgrounds. Zoe and I went out and literally around the corner from the centre the first person we bumped into was a bloke from Belfast who went to the same school Zoe and I had gone to, who was studying a similar subject at uni as Zoe’s and who had been at a recent funeral that a friend of mine had taken… A situation that had really got him thinking about life!
We were also praying for friendships last night. At one point we were with a group of friends, one of whom wasn’t feeling very well, it was great to see her friends rallying round her and making sure she was ok. We had a great chat with them.
On the other hand we witnessed two blokes, allegedly friends, physically fighting each other. One of situations that you hang back from till it calms, otherwise you might get accidentally caught. Some of the team were able to assist the chap who was in a worse condition after things had calmed.
The challenge of this situation is to think through what it means to be someone’s friend, to look out for them, care for them, be there for the bad as well as the good. It got me thinking of this scripture:
A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for a time of adversity. (Proverbs 17:17 NIV)
There’s a challenge for us wherever we are on the faith journey.
Ok, so it’s been a while, in fact, it’s been nearly two years. Blogging has always been one of those things that I have good intentions about, but without much follow through. This time I’m a little more determined!
Sitting in Aldergrove airport with a group of students about to fly to Barcelona and then on to the island of Ibiza to work with 24-7 Ibiza for a couple of weeks. The contrast of going on this trip with the last few days at the Irish Methodist Conference is somewhat stark, and yet both fill me with a sense of excitement and challenge. We’ve spent some time talking about the mission of the church… who and what is God calling us to be and do? There appears to be a stirring in the church that we need to get serious about the mission calling of the church. Such a stirring is exciting, but also personally frustrating, I’m impatient, let’s get on with it.
So now I have to ‘put my money where my mouth is’ as it were. There’s no hiding on the streets of San Antonio… So many people apparently having fun, but in so much need. Some people think it is a godless place, but God is there, present by his spirit, and in the hearts and lives of his people… for the next 2 weeks it has to be us… That’s the challenge!
Please pray we will have the words and the hearts to serve!
Bring it on!