The Future of Anglican Church Buildings?

Via Anglican Samizdat, The Garden Shed Church Movement:

An Anglican priest in the UK wasn’t happy with the liberal drift of the Church of England, so he has converted his garden shed into a church.

His new church is part of the Orthodox Church, but the idea could be adopted by displaced Anglicans who have lost their buildings in Canada. We’ve exhausted  the fads of the Emerging Church, the Missional Church, the loony fringe Prophetic Social Justice Making Church, now we have finally arrived at the Garden Shed Church.

From here:

St Fursey’s is so small the holy processions carried out during each service only take worshippers ten steps along and two steps across.

There is no room to sit and after services the congregation step through a door into the priest’s living room for a cup of coffee.

But the Antiochian Orthodox church – very similar to the Greek Orthodox but English speaking – is an official place of worship after it was blessed by a bishop.


Father Weston served as an Anglican priest with the Church of England for 20 years before he became disillusioned with its ideals at the age of 50.

He says he was upset with the direction the Anglican Church was heading and admitted the ordination of women to the priesthood was ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’.

Stephen switched to the Orthodox Church and short of an English-speaking venue, decided to build his own in the village of Sutton, Norfolk, in 1998.

I wouldn’t mind a chapel looking like this in my garden!



5 thoughts on “The Future of Anglican Church Buildings?

  1. Perhaps a little enclave for a few “faithful”! > A minority group living as an entity within a/the larger group: the Church in glory! Thankfully the Lord does have a faithful Church even now in the Glory, “asleep in Jesus”! Come Lord Jesus!

  2. Dear Father Smuts, thank you for this wonderful comment. Here in Ireland we have a similar situation in the Church of Ireland. The Romanian and Russian Orthodox communities have taken over a couple of our old buildings in the city of Dublin.

    I am writing to you in order to invite you to be a guest contributor on homophilosophicus (please do come and take a look around). In 2012 we hope to expand our discussions on ‘faith and the marketplace’ to include sensible voices from various faith perspectives (lay and clerical). However much I would like to be the ‘voice of Anglicanism’ I would sincerely like to see someone else take the flack. I do hope that you would consider saying yes to the invitation.

    Jason Michael

  3. Good day Father I was wondering if you had any suggestions to someone on a similar path to try and creat a worship space, for Traditional Anglican’s. If there are suggestions to look for when it comes to obstacals and the like when building a small chapel or converting a shed into a chapel.

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