In the coming months, we will profile the ministries, journeys and hopes of some of the congregations which are part of the Scottish Anglican Network. We begin with the courageous congregation in Harris in the Western Isles.
Fàilte! Greetings from Harris!
We left the Scottish Episcopal Church in November 2017 and are enjoying our new freedom under Bishop Andy Lines, writes Rev Daniel Davies. We are proud to stand with the other churches of the Scottish Anglican Network, which we joined at its beginning in 2005 as a voice for the faithful. It’s now a lifeboat for bereft Anglicans.
We are a small church on a small island with a population of two thousand. Being small it’s been easy for us to move quickly, but it has meant sacrifices.
When I came twenty years ago it was a house church. We bought land, built a church with vestry, kitchen and toilet, equipped it with hand-made furniture and artifacts, much of it donated, including a superb silver chalice and paten. We also built up bank account of some £30,000. I am a self-supporting priest!
In November we had to walk away from it all. We are now starting again, but we have no regrets. The Church is not about money, possessions or security, it’s about the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We can’t serve two masters. There can be real joy and freedom in letting go. [Continue reading]