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Tag: Alt:Worship

Metanoia on YouTube

As part of the revamp I was talking about in my previous ramble, Metanoia have a YouTube channel. The first video is the Alt:Worship we did at #Sanctum2020.

Why not give us a like, subscribe and all that jazz….

Sanctum. Alt:Worship and the Future. #Sanctum2020

I’m currently sitting on a train returning back to The Shire from a meeting of trustees for Transcendence, the governance that makes Sanctum happen.  We have been planning for the year ahead and then beyond into the future.  As I reflect on the recent development of Sanctum, it is strange to think that the main event we hold each year is about to have it’s fifth birthday.  And now, Sue is planning for her second year of worship consultancy.  It still feels strange to think about how I’ve strangely ended up being a trustee of Transcendence, “employing” Sue.  She is one of the earliest pioneers of Alt:Worship and literally “wrote the book”.

My first experience of Transcendence was meeting Sue Wallace at Greenbelt in 2010 in the Jesus Arms pub.  Transcendence was the Alt:Worship service she helped pioneer at York Minster.  When we met, I had been involved with running Alt:Worship services for about a decade in the church I attended before ordination.  It went on to become the main focus of my post graduate studies at theological college.  Back at the turn of the millennium in the North of England, Alt:Worship felt very much on the edges of the church with little sense of belonging to something wider.  Then something dramatically changed towards the end of that decade.  The internet exploded and we entered into a world of social media.

Our experience of leading worship at Greenbelt came about through Simon Rundell as part of his work then with Blessed.  We met Fr Simon through twitter and organised everything through modems until he arrived on our doorstep a week before Greenbelt to do a dry run.  Simon asked Ruth and I with our band Metanoia to provide the background for the mass in The Big Top.  And then Eddie Green dragged us off to meet Sue. 

This experience quickly cemented us into a much wider community of Alt:Worship practitioners from all over the country.  Together we have been crafting creative liturgies in our own communities as we explore contextual mission.

For the last decade, Metanoia and Rock Mass have continued to grow and develop at Holy Nativity in North Halifax.  New people have become part of the community or in some cases, part of the band.  Through this loose network of like minded people, Ruth and I have been helped to walk into the unknown.  A group of disciples sharing both joys and sorrows as we become the church of tomorrow.

Strangely, a few years later I now find myself a trustee. We approach the future with high hopes for how this network of practitioners and Sanctum will develop in the coming years.  I long to see a renewed vigour across the church for Alt:Worship and creative liturgy that draws people into the presence of God.  Sanctum is becoming a melting pot of creative ideas, especially the group on Facebook with nearly 500 members.  Sanctum 2020, the event is shaping up to be brilliant on August 4th-6th 2020.  And this year there is the development of Sanctum South at Sarum College on 3rd-4th of February.

If you are an Alt:Worship practitioner or just interested, why not follow @sanctum on Twitter, Facebook Page or join the group?

http://www.sanctumcollective.co.uk/

After Sanctum 2018

Sanctum held its fourth gathering of Sacramental Alt:Worshippers last week in the iconic if a little sun scorched grounds of the monastery church of The Community of The Resurrection.

What a melting pot for sharing good practice and cultivating ideas it has become. As I looked at the delegates eating lunch on the final day I realised, it wasn’t those of us who organise the conference that were important, it was those who came. A Canadian priest with a new intentional community forming in her rectory sharing experience with a vicar’s husband from a village in Wales. A guy from the USA coming on sabbatical to look at how the UK is blending the ancient traditions of the apostolic faith with the modern – or as Sue Wallace calls it, “Ancient Future Faith”.

Sanctum has grown and evolved in the last four years and begun to flourish. What was a place to come together with friends and talk about our passion for making accessible and creative worship that engages people is now a place to meet new people, new creatives and for new networks to be formed. Sanctum is now a place where fresh minds meet others with the same desire to see people engaging afresh with the Christian faith.

I’ll post about content in a later post when I’ve had chance to look at some of the footage. 

Sanctum 2018 – Come and Be Involved. #Pioneer

Come and experience a Church Year all within a few days!

24th-26th July 2018

Summer is nearly here and that means we are approaching Sanctum 2018! This is a fantastic retreat/gathering or sacramental alt:worshippers. If you have never been to The Community of the Resurrection, it takes place in the idyllic monastic setting of The Community of the Resurrection in the heart of the Pennines!This year we are exploring the seasons so you can expect a bit of Christmas, a bit of Easter and a bit of…. All of the seasons.What can you expect? Some new ways of engaging with worship. Every year, I find that someone introduces me to God in a new and exciting way. Some of those ways inform how we do it back in our own context – but that doesn’t mean it’s just for ordained ministers. Whether you lead worship or just want to come along and experience something different, this is for you!

The collaborative nature of Sanctum means that you can bring your own prayer station with you or get involved with acts of worship that other people are creating!  If you’ve always wanted to get involved but don’t know where to start, this is a really encouraging space to do that in.

Sanctum is a great space to explore where God is leading us as creative people who find Him in the sacraments. It is a place to be inspired to experiment with new ideas in the coming years. – Participant from 2017

There are also opportunities to share throughout the week with workshops and the obligatory socialising.

And the shameless plug is that Metanoia are doing the Christmas Service with added Rock!!