Archive for March, 2014


IMG_2494 - Version 2Some of you might know that I have serendipitously ended up helping a declining Methodist congregation re-imagine itself.  The faithful but ageing congregation have contemplated closure several times over recent years and as they once again considered their options last summer, I proposed quite a radical change of direction and suggested we relaunch as a hub for creativity, music and the arts. To my astonishment they went for it!

Momentum has been slowly growing over the last few months and this Saturday we take things up a gear with an official launch event which will hopefully showcase the groups that are beginning to find a home in the chapel and give an example of how the space can be used. I have no idea how many people will come and no clue what will materialise as a result, but it’s turning into quite a fun adventure with bands, poets, organists, choirs, story-tellers, artists and yarn bombers all joining in!

Dave Walker, the chapel’s resident cartoonist, has created a fabulous website which tells more of the story so far, so do check it out if you would like to know more. And if you are in reach of Essex, do feel free to come along on Saturday and  join the fun of the launch event, details of which are below.

Fishermen's Chapel Launch Programme

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I was invited to write something for political thinktank ekklesia with my reflections from the launch of Christians On The Left last month. I ended up pondering food banks, Shoreditchification, bookies and thunderclaps, and ended up asking if the church is angry enough about injustice to be bothered to do anything about it.

The full article is available here.