This is where the Deanery Evensong was held.
OK, so last night was the Deanery Evensong for Newport Churches who belong to the Anglican Communion. I thought I’d write a brief memoir of my experience there!
A group of us from St Paul’s (mainly teenagers and young adults) decided to go to represent The Lab which is a part of St Paul’s church. It was a mission to get there, as we had to go in convoy because hardly any of us knew the way! Once we got there, we were late which didn’t go down too well I don’t think (oops), but we took our seats.
In a few words, the service DEFINITELY wasn’t my cup of tea, and it most certainly wasn’t what I’m used to! Incense, chanting, choir anthems, procession, bowing, statues, stations of the cross and so on. The sermon wasn’t exactly inspiring either to be totally honest. The guy talked about Abraham offering his son, Isaac to show his commitment to God. He went on to ask the question “What does our faith really mean?” then read something from a book (which took up most of the sermon) and quoted some famous theologians (Barth and so on). Now, to me, the story of Abraham offering his son Isaac and then God saying that he would provide the offering is a mere picture of what Jesus would do when he would sacrifice himself for us. But, as James Henley pointed out to me, that’s because people would regard me as “too evangelical and that I feel the need to put Jesus into everything”!! Quality quote there. That’s because Jesus IS in everything. (By the way, James is an evangelical Anglican too 😉 )
All in all, despite the service not being very inspiring or appetising for my spiritual needs personally, it did provoke a lot of chat and discussion over pizza at Stef Roberts‘ house which was really fun and interesting. So in that sense, I was spiritually fed. It was also a great experience to be in, which helped me define theological viewpoints for myself, to experience different forms of worship, and to see the good points within those different forms. I guess this is what makes Christ’s church so unique. We’re all so different, yet we unite under the core truth of the Gospel.
I dare say more posts like this will appear in the future!
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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