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7500: Your chance to win £750 in our competition

What will churchgoing be like in 75 years? Enter our anniversary competition

AFTER ALL this history, here is a chance to look forward. All you have to do is write a description of what churchgoing might be like in 75 years time (7500 years would have fitted our theme better, but it is quite a stretch of the imagination).

That’s all. You can bring in any aspect you like: worship, travel, theology, technology, politics; but the piece must be recognisably about churchgoing.

There’s just one other rule: your description has to be 75 words long. We’ll allow fewer, but will be brutal with anyone who writes more. Entries must reach us by Tuesday 19 December.

The winner will receive £750. No book tokens nor gift vouchers; nothing virtual — just a straightforward cheque. Nor is there any fancy telephone voting, we’re afraid: the cheque will go to whoever sends in the entry that the editor likes best. The most imaginative entries will be published in our issue of 30 December, and the winner will be announced in that issue.

Just to give an indication of what can be said in 75 words, and to prove how easy it is to throw something together, here is an example drafted by the editor on the bus into work. It’s deliberately not very good (he says) in order to encourage entries. Note the suspicious use of hyphenated words, but he insists his computer counts them as one. This might be the place to remind you that the editor’s decision is final.

Morning. Unpeeling my thermosuit, I washed what I could in the regulation 30-second shower-burst. Then to church. The music — retro-Arctic Monkeys, only 75 years out of date! — bounced off the low ceiling. Still cold, though. I put my headphones on. Today I would listen to the Methodist minister, then receive from the Roman Catholic priest. The congregations and buildings united 20 years ago. I’m sure the clergy will catch up one day. . .

Send your entry, to arrive by 19 December, by email to: editor@churchtimes.co.uk — writing “75” in the subject line of the email;

post (remembering the vagaries of the Christmas mail), to:

The Editor, 33 Upper Street,
London N1 0PN;

fax to: 020 7226 3073.

However you choose to communicate, remember to include your name and postal address.

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