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Heresy: They are playing caged football in the Church-without-Musicians

September 1, 2017 by norman lebrecht

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Every since we broke the story of St Sepulchre’s, the National Musicians Church, telling musicians they are unwelcome, signs have appeared of a civil war in London churches between traditional Anglicans and Evangelicals.

The battle has just taken a nasty new turn with a salvo from St Sep’s former director of music, Andrew Earis, describing how the church’s mission is being traduced.

Dr Earis writes: Gradually, PCC members left and were replaced with those from the new ministries. The “Henry Wood” meeting- and rehearsal-room was re­­styled the 24/7 prayer room. And the church was used for a whole host of new activities, including a not­able youth event with caged foot­ball in the church nave. Many felt that this was deeply unfaithful to the legacy and history that had been inherited.

Read his full article here.


Comments (5)

  1. Elizabeth Owen says:

    I’ve never heard of church planting before. It sounds bizarre. According to a letter in this weeks Guardian the correspondent was horrified that a bunch of evangelicals had taken over his church and applied for planning permission to remove a wonderful organ to give them more room for their band. The barbarians are at the gate, all over the world.

    1. Frederick West says:

      Yes, it’s a rather prosaic euphemism for installing a new congregation of ones own type in order to give a new mission to the church. I’d say it’s more of the Japanese knotweed variety than anything fragrant or blooming.

  2. Father Ted says:

    Sure we did 5 a side on Craggy Island with Father jack and all. It was a hoot.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwmmX0Ms3D0

    1. Sue says:

      Absolutely hilarious, Ted!!!

      “Caged football” reminds me of being in Vienna: public spaces reserved for this, with wire cages about 15′ tall surrounding it and “freedom” scrawled on the outside. Now, THAT’S hilarious.

      1. Father Ted says:

        Are you booking Innsbruck for 2018, if so look up Innsbrucker Festwochen and join Friends to get the discount. I book the lot and now that Bishop Brennan has relived me of my tiresome duties on Craggy Island I can attend the Schloss concerts too. My friends Roman & Nora have just had a delivery, I will be sending one of Mrs Doyle’s Christmas Puddings to Innsbruck along with a Romper suit for Hanna.

        The other festival I like is Melk in May just a week of baroque, I stay in a Monk’s cell courtesy of Prior Wolfgang!


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