Sunday, July 02, 2006

St Barnabas Anglican. The Broadway

As mentioned at the ouset of this blog....
St Barnabas is the Column 8 Sydney Morning Herald regular from its days of Robert Forsythe and Arthur from the Broadway Hotel having fun across the road trading signs. The book used to be onsale at the pub before it closed.
IT all started with "Hear John Smith [of God Squad fame] here 7.30pm Sunday." It just so happened the pub had a talkative old bloke as a regular so the chalk board said "Hear Jack Smith here every night"...
"The wages of sin is death".... "apply within" and so on...
"Jesus bowls over death"... "Dennis Lillee bowls over batsmen"

Well, St Barnabas was recently gutted by fire and the succession of noticeboards since have been a cut above thats for sure!!

This one is a later one in the sequence!!

What the...?

An 'e' and 'e' my kingdom for an 'e'

Monday, June 05, 2006

Saved? What from...

Duncan McLeod sent me this one from above a hairdressers in Burleigh QLD...
As he observed on his own blog... saved from what? I guess we do need the free Bible to find out...
I have just been sent a whole swag of examples that will roll out in coming weeks. Soem are hard to believe and could be folklore turned sign by someone using sign generator BUT they can usually quote where they've seen it and they are just corny or misinformed enough to be true!!
Stay tuned after a brief holiday for two weeks!!

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Merewether Uniting Church

Do people do any thinking about how they and others understand God before they launch onto a noticeboard with this kind of rubbish?
It's nearly as bad as "We're serious about sin and the devil" or "Flood, Hurricane, Tsunami_ Can you hear me yet?"

The flipside of the noticeboard says "Psalms read here"... oh well!

Check the SMH weekend feature a few weeks back by Jonathon Biggins as he visited four churches and gave the Unting Church a decent write up almost despite his experience of traditional worship at the Glebe Rd church.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Great Work!!

"All Souls" ANGLICAN CHURCH LEICHARDT has done well in picking up on the new Australian OS advertising campaign on around the slogan "So Where the Bloody Hell Are You?"

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

St Johns takes a Dive

St Johns Anglican Cooks Hill falls down after such a good start!!
It's funny but TOO corny!!

Saturday, January 28, 2006

And well done Maroubra Junction Uniting Church
A mock up of the sign that started it all... St Johns Anglican Darby St, Cooks Hill in Newcastle.
The Rev is doing good things there with young adults and several families of weddings thru good word of mouth about the music, style etc... This is the sign that disproves my premise, but how amny more will we find. I still reckon we're way behind!! Most offerings confirm our relegation to the sidelines!!

Thanks to all those who are sending entries. I had this picture in poor resolution. Its funnier this way!!

I'd love to meet the author!!

Every now and then along comes a sign that reminds me why I started this project

Maybe I'll Check It Out?

Now thats an invitation!

By now lots of people will know I'm not the only one collecting these signs [even on blogspot] but here is the tool that will make my job easier... its a church sign generator so when people send ideas they've seen I can generate a sign accordingly...

Monday, January 02, 2006


This BLOG is committed to the task of exposing church noticeboards with pithy weekly quotable quotes for the foolishness they absolutely are. Like many other anomilies in the church, we make a mockery of the adage "there's no such thing as bad press!"

While acknowledging that they are often an eye-catching and genuine attempt to raise visibility... the reality is that those pithy quotes come with "way too much baggage!" They carry every boomer misgiving, every bad experience, every reason for consigning 'the church' as an institution to the rich tapestry that is our cultural history. Am I wrong... I have seen a few celebrated examples which give rise to a decent argument against my case.

Example One:
Most people have heard of the now history of the competition between the Broadway Hotel and St Barnabas Anglican Church on the Broadway in Sydney.
"Hear John Smith here 7.30pm Sunday" said Barney's noticeboard
It just so happened an elbow bending regular at the pub gave rise to...
"Hear John Smith here everynight"

"The wages of sin is death"... "Apply within"
and so it went on for many years [keeping bus travellers and Column 8 readers entertained...until the pub was sold.

Not everyone was happy.... a patron shot abuse at me as a 'fly by night' when I called in one day for a middy and a copy of the booklet telling the story!!

Example Two:
Anglican Church at Cooks Hill in Newcastle
"Insomnia... we have sermons, come on in and try one!"

Prove me wrong [find more examples like the two above],
add fuel to the fire, share your discoveries... send your pics and memory of examples you've seen, read about or been horrified by and you may well find it featured here!! Pictures especially welcomed!!
I especially love the ones that give pat answers to some of lifes most difficult experiences and exhort us to smile through all manner of suffering and struggle... great stuff!!