Read about it here.
The parish and the diocese each claim to own the building and property.
The article says a new priest from the ACofC will be there to hold services on Sunday. If the members of the parish are following their own priest, will anybody else be attending? I wonder, will his theology be a contrast to that of the other priest, or will he be more similar except for staying with the national church authority?
It reminds me a little of the disputes in the RC church over the latin mass.
You wouldn't let it lie!
Actually it's quite an interesting topic for those of us who live in villages, currently the Church of England buildings are kept going by the whole community as they are a focal point and useful resource for everyone, if the church becomes disestablished and severs its ties with the community at large then those beautiful churches and church halls are going to start falling into even greater disrepair. The churchyards will become overgrown and what was understood to be common land but which is actually owned by the church, will either be developed or removed from general use. Those who have bought property originally owned by the church may find themselves responsible for property upkeep costs.
Grin - I once was vaguely acquainted with one of the very old Catholic families in England - still rather well to do.
The vicar of the local church approached the head of said family asking for a contribution to the restoration of the bell tower.
Replied the head of family, "I don't see why - it was perfectly alright when we had it".
(I'm sure he did actually donate but as a response, it was great).
I am reminded of a text that says "To him that knoweth the right thing, and does not do it, it is sin". It is a difficult time for these parishoners
and I trust that the situation is resolved quickly and with little acrimony. Please keep us posted, Scholar.
Your observations, Simon, are quite valid, and would be of great concern to the community.
Here is a blog about the Feb 24
Not a single parishioner showed up for the diocese-supported service.
According to this article, the Diocese contacted people from outside the congregation to get a couple dozen outsiders to show up.
One of the Feb 29 entries says the Diocese will not be
allowed access to St. Hilda's and another dissenting congregation until another court date, at which more arguments will be considered.
It looks good for the congregations leaving the Diocese's authority, so far.
The sad thing about all of this, Scholar, is that this is reflecting badly upon the gospel, which these churches attempt to espouse. Sadly, there are many things done "In the name of God" that poor God has no part in!