My first thought on seeing the flashmob dance at a wedding in Nottinghamshire was to wonder how I would have coped with such a request. Goodness only knows. Much less well than the Rev Kate Bottley, that’s for sure.
Church weddings are often not easy. Clergy don’t always look forward to them very much. Not only are there all the usual vicar-worries but its important to get the legals right too. And they can be much more noisy affairs than most services. People may have had a drink or two before arriving. They are probably impatient to party and disinclined to feign interest in the ministerial meanderings that can pass for a sermon.
Weddings are a challenge, but for the right vicar on the right day with the right couple and the right congregation it is a challenge to be relished.
That’s a lot of things to get right. But when they click together it can be wonderful.
This dance tapped deep into the energy of the people who were in church. Rather than being distracted and chatting away to each other or texting friends, they were all drawn into the moment. There was atmosphere. This was a gathering that came to life.
I can remember a good few weddings like that. They all had something that sparked it off. It was never anything as thought-through or expertly prepared as this, more likely it was something spontaneous. But whatever it was that made the occasion, it involved the risk of exuberance. The risk of letting go and allowing something to happen which takes people out of themselves and raises the spirit.
We need to take the risk of exuberance much, much, more often. There is rarely joy without it.
Anyway, this has cheered loads of poeple up and that must be a good thing. And its not every day you get a church story you can talk about while grinning from ear to ear.
Go on – watch it again.