Aravis wrote: »
I was hoping to keep this discussion neutral rather than discussing specific situations, but so much has been said about St Teilo’s in Cardiff that I need to respond to some specific comments.
I attend the other church in the same parish and was at the meeting when the Bishop’s representative explained the decision about the resource church.
Attendance at St Teilo’s has been stable over the past year or so, possibly risen slightly (I have access to the Sunday figures, though can’t check them at the moment as I’m away; as I recall it’s normally about 35, which admittedly is small for the size of the building). I’m aware of the period Albertus refers to when numbers were “dwindling”; at the time, a few people were attempting to promote very precise Anglo-Catholic practice at the church (rather in the manner Pomona describes) and several people have told me this put them off; it’s now more relaxed in style.
There was no “church plant” at St Teilo’s thirteen years ago. There was a new vicar and a new lay reader (as there were no others in the parish at the time) who worked across both churches, both of whom moved from a neighbouring parish and already lived about two miles from the church. Their respective families also attended to some extent. One other couple decided to follow the vicar to the new church.
Pomona wrote: »
Is charismatic Anglo-Catholicism a thing in Wales? I get the impression that the CiW is just more generally Anglo-Catholic in nature.
Albertus wrote: »
are they better at making Christians? That's what matters, above all. By their fruits ye shall know them.