Creeds for 20s-30s (café-style)

1. The Apostles' Creed according to Not the Nine O'Clock News

A mouse for a computer

This hilarious clip from the cult 1980s comedy series Not The Nine O'Clock News highlights how easy it is to become wishy-washy regarding what we truly value and believe. We can frequently find ourselves just rattling off the ancient creeds, but why were they originally written, what do they really mean and why are they important?

Encourage groups of three or four to write a creed for the 21st century. What important truths would speak well into a consumer driven, individualistic and self-obsessed society?

2. I believe/We believe - creed created by Blessed

Alternative worship creed or credo: 'I believe/We believe'. Used in the alternative worship community, Blessed, in Gosport. Music by Nitin Sawney. Timing: 3 minutes, 37 seconds.

God waits.
We believe in God
Three in one
Father Son Spirit
Paradox
Mystery
Elemental

We believe in a God of Justice
Compassion
Mercy
Hope
And first
A God of Love
Love personified
Incarnated

We believe in God
The Mother of Creation
God the father of humanity
God the lover of us all

We believe we are called
To activity out of passivity and apathy
By the Son of God
Through his actions
Calling down through history
Bourne on the wings of the Spirit

We believe we are called
To community with each other
Through Christ the thread
Weaving us all together

We believe that God
Has no favourites
Pulls no punches
Leaves no stone unturned

We believe that life is hard
We believe that life is beautiful
And so
We believe
So does God

3. 'I believe' x 14

The number 14 painted in a yellow circle on the ground

Here are 14 different ways of sharing a creed together. Discuss together which you prefer and why.

Encourage groups of three or four to write a creed for the 21st century. What important truths would speak well into a consumer driven, individualistic and self-obsessed society?