Sanctum – Sacramental Alt:Worship

Feb 16

Sue Wallace, Eddie Green and I got together yesterday to talk about the future of Sanctum and plan the next annual conference.  This year’s shindig is at College of the Resurrection Mirfield from 30th July to the 1st August.  Tickets will be available in the next week or so.  Put it in your diary!

The Sanctum Logo

Now that I’ve told you about that, I have a few reflections from the day.  From my perspective, the best thing about meeting together in person was having the time to discuss our vision for the future.  “What exactly is Sanctum is for?” is the question I was keen to explore.  We’ve always said we are:

“A network of emerging sacramental  
practitioners and dreamers. 
To worship, recharge,
share ideas, pray and support in mission”.

So we talked about being creative and making space to enable others to be creative in worship.  On a personal level that means a renewed commitment to sharing resources that Ruth and I create.  This year we have planned to record more of the liturgical music we have written in ways that are accessible and freely available.  We also plan to do forms of notation and chord sheets to go with them.  So I will have to look in the next few weeks at how this blog is used.  Perhaps it is time for a redesign?  Importantly, I need to find time for some administration and a commitment to curating resources.

Secondly, I would like to find ways to create space for people to collaborate and find creative ways to create resources.  This may mean providing days for people to come together in different locations around the country to write, build, cut, stick, pixel push and develop resources together.  I am also wondering if there is a need to do this across the internet of things.  It may be good to start places to creatively splurge in the Sanctum Connect group based on a topic.

Thirdly, Ruth and I are consciously making space to write music together.  We’re off on a song writing retreat in the summer.  I will probably blog more about this in a separate post.

Play Church with Toddlers

Nov 14

 

This is an idea I have shamelessly stolen from @revleahvs.  Play is such an important part of learning.  One Sunday night I watched a ten year old from Holy Nativity put her arms up in the air and recount the words of invitation I use at the eucharist.  We learn through playing.  So we now have six toddler churches.

Cheap plastic boxes with with a laminated card on the top.

Fairtrade dolls that come in a range of races and gender.

Vestments made from felt I bought in the range.

Egg cup, castor cup and electric tea lights from ebay.

Laminated Lord’s Prayer.

Holding cross and psalm 23 on a card from ebay.

Hankerchief folded as a corporal from ebay.

So lets play church.  Lets learn the faith as we play with it.

Life on the Estates

Oct 9

As part of the Renewal and Reform agenda, the Archbishops’ Estates Evangelism Task Group have been hard at work for the last two years*.  In the coming weeks I will post more about how things are progressing with the “commitment to action“.

Our estates projects are working toward a thriving, growing, loving church on every significant social housing estate in the country – through new patterns of ministry, sharing good practice and encouraging leaders.

I wanted to highlight the recent video that was released.  Unfortunately, most of the publicity came out whist I was on holiday so I am a bit late to the party.  But as they say, better late than never.

*well you would say that Robb, you’re part of it.

After Sanctum 2018

Jul 30

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. 

Once in Royal David’s City

Jul 25

We’re at Sanctum talking about music in worship. After a conversation about writing Mary’s Lullaby, Ruth Sutherland mentioned her reworking of Once in Royal David’s City to one of the other delegates. I was going to share it in the Sanctum group and discovered it had slipped through the cracks.

So here it is. A slight rewrite of Once in Royal David’s city to give it a bit more meat.

Once in Royal David’s City

Once in royal David’s city, stood a lowly cattle shed,

Where a mother laid her baby in a manger for His bed.

Mary’s courage brought to birth, Jesus, Saviour of the earth.

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He came down to earth from heaven, who is God and Lord of all

And His shelter was a stable and His cradle was a stall

With the poor and mean and lowly, lived on earth our Saviour holy.

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For he is the promised Saviour, bringing freedom, love and peace

Comfort for the broken-hearted, ever shall our joys increase!

In the darkness of this night, comes the Everlasting Light.

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Not in that poor lowly manger, in a home in Bethlehem

We shall see Him, but in glory, in the new Jerusalem!

When creation is restored, there we’ll dwell with Christ our Lord!