Recent research by website getmemymortgage.co.uk shows that here are over 30 churches closed per year and in the last 75 years over 8000 Methodist chapels have closed down. We took a look at some of the reasons for closed churches
1. Decreasing population
Due to the changing society and more people than ever moving to inner cities and leaving rural settings there are simply not enough people around some churches to warrant keeping them open.
3. Church merger
With less people there is also less need for priests and church staff, this sometimes means that 2 churches will merge into one, while this is good as it means that at least one will continue to operate as a place of worship the other will be lost and may be turned into flats or a house.
4. Priests leaving
With less people going into priesthood in current times if a priest moves location it may struggle to find another in that area. Without a priest the parish cannot function.
With the recent pandemic churches are stuggling more than ever with a lack of donations to help them keep running. Parish members are also missing out on mass and support from other church members.
Many of these areas are discussed at a diocesan level and different dioceses release statements or documents outlining their position (in particular see Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney).
Some issues are discussed at the national level and resolutions from General Synod have been made. The conversation that the Church has with society and its members is expressed in the form of resolutions.
Resolutions are not binding on the Church in the same way as legislation which is passed by Canon. Rather, resolutions express the ‘mind’ of the Synod’s representatives gathered on the particular occasion. They reveal the depth and breadth of consensus between Anglicans about particular matters at a point in time. Resolutions need to be ‘read’ carefully. The stronger the language used signals that the consensus is broad and held deeply. The views of individual Anglicans, priests and even by Dioceses can and do vary from these resolutions at times.
Please be aware that resolutions passed by the General Synod change as the perceived influence or role of the General Synod changes over time. The federal character of the Anglican Church of Australia has meant that issues would be addressed at a national level if it was perceived to be part of the national Church’s ‘business’. The General Synod therefore spoke more frequently about internal church business with local dioceses expressing views on particular social because diocesan synods would meet more regularly and potentially be better placed to influence local decision makers in society and government.
Because Anglicanism is a global communion, material from other Anglican Churches has been brought in to widen the conversation. As the Church of England and the Episcopal Church of the USA are better resourced than the Australian Church they are often more able to elaborate their views more extensively. Please note that the views expressed by these churches are not necessarily views shared by Australian Anglicans, afterall we are also in conversation with our British and American friends on these issues too.
A variety of pages concerning social issues are under development. Theses pages contain mainly resolutions for General Synod. Unfortunately, reports by General Synod bodies are not currently available due to technological limitations. Links to Lambeth Resolutions are provide wherever possible. Researchers are asked to consult diocesan yearbooks and speeches of the presiding bishop to determine a fuller portrait of Anglican attitudes to particular social issues.
In many cases the times of services vary from week to week. Please telephone or email the local contact given for each church for further information, and for directions to the place of worship.
St Luke’s, Ampthill. 10am Holy Eucharist by intention twice a month but it is not possible to give a simple rule. Contact: The Rev. Michael Gray, Tel: 01223 426278.
St Peter’s, Mullion (near Helston). Contact: The Rev. Beverley Thompson, Tel: 01326 311589. The Celtic Saints, Newquay; Saints Lawrence with Leonard, Bodmin; St. Piran’s Oratory, Perran Sands, Perranforth; Chapel of St. Michael, Lammana, Westlooe Contact: The Rev. Dr. Peter Long, Tel: 07780 976113. He is assisted by The Rev. John McIver.
Our Lady Immaculate and St Oswald King & Martyr, Kendal Contact: The Rev. Ralph Beaumont, Tel: 01768 881270 or Canon Ian Westby 0750 111 0717. For information about The Traditional Anglican Church in Cumbria please contact the clergy.
St Mary the Virgin. Contact: Reverend Peter Adamson 01748 812623, Priest in Charge Holy Eucharist each Sunday at 10.30 am at the Havelock Centre. Evening Prayer 6.00 pm last Sunday of each month. All services are according to the Book of Common Prayer.
Dronfield Contact: The Rev. Anthony Fry, Tel: 01246 417707
St Philip and St James, Loxbeare. Contact: The Rev. Robert Aird, Tel: 01769 581042. there has in the past been a web site but this may no longer be current. The Saints of Devonshire, Plymouth. Contact: The Rev. Dr. Peter Long, Tel: 07780 976113.
St Agatha’s, Market Way, Portsmouth. Sundays: 11am Sung Mass; Saturdays: 11am Low Mass; Holydays: As announced. Contact: Canon John Maunder (Area Dean – South), Tel: 01329 230330. There has in the past been a web site, but it seems no longer accessible.
St Cuthbert’s, Burghill, (near Hereford). Contact: The Rev. Peter Price, Tel: 01531 670687.
St Alban and St. Henry, Letchworth. Sundays: 9am Sung Mass; Saturdays: there is usually a High Mass once a month. Contact: The Rev. Michael Silver, Tel: 01462 684540.
St Jude, Hulll. Contact: Rev. Dalby. Tel: 01482 847966 Isle of Wight Contact Saint Barnabas Mission, Mr.Andrew Pellow, Tel: 01983 612796
St Michael and the Chantry of All Souls Contact Mr David Porrit, Tel: 0113-2611793
St. Katherine, Lincoln Every Sunday Mass at 10 am, and all feastdays; 1st & 3rd Sundays Mattins at 9.30 am; 4th Sunday Evensong 6.30 pm. You can find out more about the St. Katherine project from its web site. Contact: Canon Ian Gray (Vicar General). Tel: 01673 885068 or use the Diocesan Office on the Contacts page. Canon Ian Gray is also contact for St. Columba, Burnley
Our Lady of Jesmond Monthly Sunday mass, (3rd Sundays), in Room 12 at St James’s URC Church, Northumberland Road, central Newcastle; for further details please contact Canon Ian Westby SSM (as under Yorkshire)
St Athanasius and St Theodore, Presteigne Contact Brian Gill, Hon. Chaplain to Archbishop Hepworth, Tel: 01544 267063 Area Dean Wales and Midlands.
The Oratory of the Holy Trinity, Warminster The Holy Eucharist will be celebrated on Sundays at 10.00 am, preceded by Mattins. The Daily Office will be said and the Euchartist offered on Holy Days and at other times. Contact: Father Geoffrey E. Andow (Principal Examining Chaplain), ‘Willow End’, 25 Norridge View, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 8TA Tel: 01985 219475
YORKSHIRE (North Riding)
Aske Hall Chapel, Aske Hall, Aske, (near Richmond) Sundays: 8.10 am Matins 8:30 am Holy Communion; Sung Evensong 6:00 pm on first Sunday of the month. Contact: Canon Ian Westby SSM Tel: 0750 111 0717. Or the Reverend Peter Adamson 01748 812623.
Society of the Divine Office Society of the Divine Office , a lay devotional association connected with TTAC which may be of particular benefit to isolated members. If you cannot find a TAC parish in your area, please contact the Vicar General, Fr. Ian Gray (or the appropriate Area Dean listed above) as further missions are in the process of formation.
The Traditional Anglican Church, being a piece of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church of Christ, holds the Christian confidence as pronounced by the Church of Christ from crude occasions and specifically set out by the Ecumenical Councils of the unified Church and exemplified in the Creeds known as the Nicene Creed, Athanasius’ Creed, and that which is ordinarily called the Apostles’ Creed.
This Church gets all the sanctioned Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as characterized in Article VI of the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion just like a definitive principle and standard of confidence given by motivation of God and containing everything important to salvation.
This Church will ever comply with the orders of Christ, show His principle, oversee His ceremonies of Baptism and Holy Communion, follow and maintain His control and protect the three sets of Bishops, Priests and Deacons in the sacrosanct service, which arranges as per the case of Christ and the Apostles will ever be saved to grown-up guys.
This Church holds and asserts the conventional customary tenet and standards of the Church of England as epitomized in the Book of Common Prayer (1662) along with the Form and Manner of Making, Ordaining and Consecrating of Bishops, Priests and Deacons, and in the Articles of Religion at times called the Thirty-nine Articles as being pleasing to the Word of God.
TTAC is a piece of the Traditional Anglican Communion, thus the full content of its constitution (the above being the “Key Declarations”) ought to be perused with the “Concordat of the Traditional Anglican Communion” and the “Insistence of St. Louis”. You will discover downloadable renditions of the vast majority of these archives on the sources page.
No one ought to envision that records make a congregation. They are not a viable replacement for loyalty to God; they are no verification of such steadfastness. By the by, they are proof of the ethos of the Traditional Anglican Church and its colleagues.
The Traditional Anglican Church isn’t at present a cause. The constitution was worded with a view to that status, however we are aware of the hazard that the “open advantage” test recently forced on places of worship by noble cause law may be utilized to topple our crucial convictions.