Feeding the 5000 - Feedback

By Adrian Plass   

Working at Scargill House it is important we take seriously feedback from our guests. It is also important to see it in context. I wonder- what might feedback have been like 2000 years ago!

A : Got the feedback for the feeding of the five thousand here.

B : Oh, right, let’s have a look.

(A passes a copy to B)

FOOD

shame we couldn’t have had more worship before the meal - food simple but adequate – suggest a larger team for catering purposes in future - one food technician and twelve waiters did their best, but our group had to wait an hour and a half for bread and fish – might be a good idea to let visitors know that a picnic will be required before setting off on one of these remote outdoor expeditions – shame no mats were provided – should have had mats – my uncle makes cheap mats - not happy about food wastage. My friends and I counted twelve baskets of scraps that could have been used to feed the poor – just a suggestion, if you find an efficient catering manager, the spiritual side will look after itself – better to link up with Mobile Israeli Fried Chicken than rely on one small boy and his lunch – might have found it easier to believe the speaker was the Son of God if his planning had been up to scratch – didn’t appreciate those rough disciples making me sit down with forty-nine people I was never going to get on with – shame we couldn’t have had more worship after the meal

TEACHING

shame we couldn’t have had more worship before the teaching – good message but rather long, and couldn’t always catch what he was saying – heard some of the stories before - not enough comfort and encouragement for my liking - would have been nice to have something for everyone – quite powerful at times, but blasphemy is not big and it’s not clever – didn’t watch the healings because I don’t believe in them - shame we couldn’t have had more worship at the end

ENTERTAINMENT

wasn’t aware of any entertainment – didn’t know there was any, but if there was, it was a shame there wasn’t more worship before it started - someone did say there was a sort of magic trick going on at the front, but there were at least four thousand, nine hundred and fifty people between my group and the speaker, so we couldn’t see a thing – enjoyed watching twelve disciples trying not to get cross when they were dividing five thousand people into a hundred groups of fifty, best bit of the day - shame we couldn’t have had more worship after the entertainment (if there was one)

WHAT COULD WE DO BETTER?

Wider variety of speakers would be nice, so as to get the bigger picture – prefer it if healings were done behind some sort of screen – cut speaker’s time down to leave more time for worship – more worship before and after everything – more worship – more worship – more worship – more mats