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  •  We're very casual at St. Bart's as well (5+ / 0-)

    of course it's a country church in Maine and while the majority of the parishioners happen to be extremely well-heeled, it's New England. We also have a vibrant Sunday School, and engaging the kids is important to us. The building is very simple, and our liturgy is straightforward. We have no pews and no kneelers, no altar rail, very plain. We are committed, however, to good liturgy. Everything is very intentional and "tight" but it feels relaxed and welcoming (which is good, because we're growing!). What is kept pretty traditional however, is the music and this was a conscious choice a long time ago by this congregation. We experiment with a lot of things, including musical diversity, but--and this is not to boast--what you hear at St. Bart's on an average Sunday is not dissimilar from what you might hear at the Cathedral. I think that's a great mix of being innovative and relaxed while maintaining a link to the heritage of the church. I'm told that we are considered the "weird" church in the diocese and that may be so, but whatever we're doing, I'm all in. Essentially, our parish was created in reaction to all of that kneeling and sitting and standing and has demonstrated that liturgy can be simple and profound at the same time.

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 03:28:06 AM PDT

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    •  Sounds like a great place. (3+ / 0-)
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      I'm a member of no congregation. But I believe church to be an important cultural outlet for neighborhoods, among other things, and I appreciate congregations that have a local flavor. The Methodist down the block from me has that local flavor, but I fear it's dying. (That's why I felt guilty not going to the Easter service.) It's an urban "gay 90s" church, where everyone is either gay, or in their 90s. The ranks of the 90-year-olds are thinning. There are few young families. The gays are single young professionals, and there aren't really enough of them to keep the place afloat.  

      The Episcopal was bigger, and is "growing," according to their web site. They have a sumptuous building. It was fairly dressy, being Easter. I'm sure they have a Sunday school for kids. There might have been children in the sanctuary during the main service because their parents bribed (or threatened) them to attend the adult service, it being a holiday.

      It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

      by karmsy on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 06:41:12 AM PDT

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