A great pub quiz needs the right ingredients, and last week's CCB Christmas Pub Quiz had all of them. It was a resounding success. Here's the tried and tested recipe:
A good atmosphere
People wanted to win, and that was before they saw there was a stack of DVDs in the offing. The Blithe Spirit on Balham High Road gave us their whole top floor and we had well over 100 people, and at least ten teams of church regulars and friends who'd come along for the night. One team came off the back of a flyer, vindicating the hard work put into telling Balham about what the church is up to over Christmas.
A solid quiz
If the questions are too hard or the topics are too boring, everyone heads to the bar and a quiz will die on its feet. But the boys at QuirkyMotion put in a great effort, as always. Segments included Name the Fish and Match The Historical Figure To How They Died, along with the traditional quick-fire rounds on General Knowledge, History, Christmas and Arty Farty. Despite what some die-hard sports fans might say, there was general acclaim at the lack of a Sports round, given its irrelevance to real life.
Senior Pastor Richard Perkins got up to invite people to the carol service in the Bedford pub the following Sunday. The outline: come along to hear about why Jesus is important. If we hate Christmas, we'll find out what's good about it. And if we love Christmas, we'll find out why it's far better than we thought.
The quiz was a resounding success. Lots of people came; they had a great time; they heard a little bit about Jesus; and they were invited to hear the really important stuff about Him. It couldn't have been much better than that.