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27.9.15

Badge Making Workshops

I am embarrassed by the response from Anglo-Catholics on social media to Bishop North's recent comments:


I didn't hear his comments in context - I would be keen to read them. But as they stand I would ask:

Who is denying people the Eucharist? 


Or arguing that songs and craft workshops represent the fullness of faith? I recently attended a Pioneer breakfast with ++Justin Welby and he was passionate about the fullness of sacramental life in Fresh Expressions. Yes there may be some in the Church of England who reject the sacramental entirely, but what I encounter among contemporary evangelicals is a greater desire to engage with sacraments, especially as worship.



What was the pattern of the Apostolic Church?


Were enquirers and new converts brought immediately into the 'The Offering' of bread and wine, or were they expected to have first had an encounter with Jesus and the Holy Spirit, been baptised and prepared? How was their context different to ours, and how has ours changed to be more like theirs in the last 30 years?

What happened to Anglo-Catholic badge making?


The success of the catholic revival in the Church of England was driven by diverse community engagement. My own parish had a number of football teams for teenagers in the 50's and 60's. These efforts may have failed in part but that is no reason to retreat, rather the lessons must be learned and passed on.

What is so great/bad about clapping songs?


Or other forms of media that engage with people, mind, body and spirit? If people are able to meet with Christ through them in emotion and physical action, isn't that what catholic worship offers in part? Or is there a deeper anglo-catholic insecurity that, through the ecstatic and charismatic, others have a knowledge of God?

What was St. Paul even doing on Mars Hill?


"Badge Makers, I see how extremely creative you are in every way. For as I went through the workshop and looked carefully at the objects of your craft making, I found among them a book mark of great beauty. Your natural creativity has a source: this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth."