The Londoner desires to discovered a brand new church in a barn in rural Devon
A priest from a London parish said he wanted to give "compassionate entrepreneurship" to a proposed new church in a barn in rural Devon.
The Reverend Pete James of Kings Cross Church (KXC), an offshoot of St. Mary & # 39; s, Bryanston Square, becomes St. Basil & # 39; s, a church plant on a farm near the villages of Tedburn St. Mary and Dunsford. It was founded by KXC and the Exeter Network Church and hopes to open its doors for worship later this year.
Mr. James, who has been with KXC for ten years and was ordained a priest in 2017, was licensed on Wednesday of last week. He said the name and mission of the new church are a tribute to the 4th century Bishop St. Basil the Great of Caesarea.
"Saint Basil was one of the earliest Christian" social entrepreneurs ". He bought a farm on the outskirts of town to feed people during a famine. There he set up a hospital, a hospice and an orphanage. It became known as the Basiliad: a place of monastic prayer, feeding people, teaching professions, and breaking the cycle of poverty, ”said James.
The barn that will soon become St. Basil
Although he had similar hopes for the Devon community, it would be a big challenge. “Rural Devon is a long way from King’s Cross – and I’m going to have to listen a lot and learn a lot about the new environment I’m in. And yet the theological vision for the church and the prophetic imagination for the world that has come into mine Bones at KXC are as relevant in Devon as in King’s Cross.
“I hope this means that new businesses, charities and projects emerge that restore human dignity, change the unjust structures of society, and renew creation. We hope Exeter and the entire region will look different if the church in the region tells a better story for the world. "
A consultation with other churches in the region is described as currently underway: there is a possibility that St. Basil may become new as part of a bishop's mission order that supports mission initiatives that have been taken through the establishment of an “unmistakable” Christian community Church is called.
Pastor Martin Wood, whose North Kenn missionary community will host in the Exeter St. Basil & # 39; s diocese, said, “St. Basil's # church service offers an exciting opportunity to develop a new church in the rural community . It offers a different expression of the church in a new context. "
Rev. Jackie Searle, Bishop of Crediton, said: “This will be a different type of church based on the desire to see rural communities as places of faith for all ages. It will stand alongside the great work that our rural churches have already done. I am thrilled with Pete's vision for St. Basil and his desire to serve the locals and improve their lives, especially during this time. "