There is hope for the ‘mother church’ yet !

The Church of England is actually holding up pretty well in an adverse market

‘About a million people go to a Church of England church each week.’ Above, the congregation gathers at All Souls Church, Langham Place, London. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian

It is perfectly understandable that an organisation that believes in resurrection ought to be generally less anxious about the prospect of its own impending death. Or perhaps this lack of anxiety is a form of denial. Whatever the explanation, it seems that the Church of England continues to slip quietly into non-existence; at present it’s on the gentle downward gradient of a 1% loss in membership a year.

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Three things a Baptist learnt from the Anglican Church

Three things a Baptist learnt from the Anglican Church

Published 14 November 2014 | Sophia Sinclair – Press Service International Columnist

Eight years ago I attended an Anglican church for the first time. As a Baptist pastor’s daughter I was suddenly transplanted into a church community where men sometimes wear dresses, people sprinkle water on babies’ heads, drink real wine at communion, and recite familiar phrases aloud together during their services.
Despite growing up in church pews there was still so much that was mysterious: who were the Vestry and what did they do? Would I ever know the words to The Grace off by heart? Would they still give me communion if I didn’t cup my hands just right? Continue reading

Study Shows Millennials Turned Off by Trendy Church Buildings

Study Shows Millennials Turned Off by Trendy Church Buildings, Prefer a Classic Sanctuary

By Stephanie Samuel November 14, 2014

Millennials gravitate toward classic, quiet church spaces that feel authentic and provide a break from the busyness of a fast-paced, technological world, revealed a study commissioned by church architectural firms.

Online surveys administered to 843 young adults ages 18 to 29 by Christian research firm Barna Group and Cornerstone Knowledge Network, the market research organization created by church design firms Aspen Group and Cogun, found 67 percent chose the word “classic” to describe their ideal church. By contrast, 33 percent prefer a trendy church as their ideal. Continue reading

A Sermon for the Feast of St. Margaret, Nov. 16, 2014

By celebrating the feast of our patron Saint St. Margaret we get Matthew’s gospel of the sheep and the goats a week early! You might think lucky us…..or you might not. It all depends who you think you are in the story. This is one of Matthew’s more powerful tales and many better than me have preached on it.

In front of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. told the faithful, just weeks before his death, how he wanted to be remembered. “ If Christ is the ruler our lives, then my Nobel Peace Prize is less important than my trying to feed the hungry. If Christ is King, then my invitations to the White House are less important than that I visited those in prison. If Christ is Lord, then my being Time magazine’s ‘man of the year’ is less important than that I tried to love extravagantly, dangerously, will all my being.” Sounds to me like Martin knew a thing about being a follower of Jesus. Continue reading

A Sermon for Remembrance Sunday – 2014

It is 100 years since the start of the First World War and since 1919, people have stood silently – on November 11th and, like us today, on the nearest Sunday before – to remember the dead of that War that was to end all wars, of the world war that followed it, and the wars that have followed those. There has been a shift in the last century. In 1919, those who had died were almost all – even then not all – servicemen, those who had gone to the front to serve their country and fallen. And a big part of it is still about that: remembering those who joined – and join – armies and navies and air forces and are sent to fight, and who have given up their lives in that cause. We remember those who died, for their sacrifice, but also all those who fought, for the terrible cost to them personally because of the things that society requires them to do, and then live with, in its name in war. But because in war society requires of its servicemen and -women that they do these terrible things, and because through the twentieth century the consequences of those expectations have increasingly been experienced also by those who are not members of the armed forces, it seems to me fitting that we remember today also all those others who died in war: in bombing raids, those civilians who lost their lives simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Harvest Thanksgiving

Harvest Thanksgiving. A wonderful feast day in the church that is a “left over” of sorts from another time. Harvest Thanksgiving was once a day to Thank God that there was enough food in the cellar to make it to spring, or if it had been a bad year to pray that God would provide what the cellar wasn’t going to be able to. Clearly, an important day in the life of the 19th century Church but what is this day about in the 21st century? With food as close as the refrigerator door – what are we doing; still celebrating Harvest Thanksgiving ? What have we to be truly thankful for ?

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A Sermon for Holy Cross Day – Sept. 14, 2014

Our working understanding of the Cross and its significance to Christian life dates back to a few dusty old Theologians. St. Anselm who was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury in the year 1093; St. Thomas Aquinas who was born in 1225; and our dear old Protestant friend John Calvin.

If you went to Wikipedia to get a grip on this development you’d read this…..

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Advisory Board Meeting Minutes – Sept. 15, 2014

Present: Anne, Elizabeth, Charlene, Doug, Mark, Mary, Lynne, Terry, Susan, Rosemary
Regrets: Cara, Mary Ann, Linda, Marion, Julie
Roundtable check-in
Devotions – Charlene

Finances – Anne presented the current financial information including a report on the MAF grant finances

  • We have met all are targets so far with the exception of increased income
  • Stewardship continues under Terry’s leadership
  • More events are planned for the coming months

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A Sermon for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost – August 24, 2014

A Sermon on Matthew 16:13-20

Simon said to Jesus ‘You are the Messiah’. Jesus said to Simon, ‘You are the Rock’. This is a story of how we discover who Jesus really is – and how in answering that question we are never the same again. Jesus takes his disciples to the northern borderlands, to a place with a significant name. It was called Caesarea Philippi. That’s to say the first part of the name was the name of the Roman Emperor, Caesar, sometimes known as the living Son of God, the self-styled saviour, protector and deliverer of his people. The second part is named after Philip, ruler of the region, lapsed Jew and puppet of the hated Romans. You may recall Philip’s wife went off with his brother Herod Antipas, the story that led to the death of John the Baptist.

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