A church turned into a nightclub for the night! What is the world coming to?
I was at a party in a church once. It was after the Anarchist Book Fair. It was I have to admit quite good fun. An abandoned church had been taken over by squatters and turned into an autonomous community space. [see Anarchist Bookfair 2004]
For those who are appalled and think this is an immoral use of a church, they lack any understanding of the charismatic leader of their faith and I would suggest they read The Jesus I never Knew by Philip Yancey.
Jesus was a human being. He got angry, he laughed, he cried, he was at times a bit rough around the edges. And he loved a party. His very first miracle was to turn water into wine. He saw a party was running out of steam as the wine was running out and he came to the rescue.
But what of turning the money tables over and driving the traders out of the Temple? That was because of improper use. The money changers were blatantly ripping people off.
Yes, there are improper and immoral uses of churches. There is the scandal of Israeli so-called Peace Oil on sale in St Mary’s in Guildford. It is being sold on a deception, with people being deliberately mislead into believing they are making an ethical purchase. The rector is aware but he is more interested in the pieces of silver from Card Aid who are making use of the church than in taking a moral stand. [see Peace oil or taking the piss?]
But ethical issues to one side, what of the evening?
GK’s Funky People were fantastic. Anyone who was not there missed out on a very good evening. A seven-piece Jazz-Rock-Funk-Blues-Soul Band – bass guitar, rhythm guitar, percussion, drums, two on sax and a female vocalist (who blew a few notes on a sax). They rocked the church and had them rocking in the aisles.
Midway a break for a buffet and well done those excellent workers who prepared the food as it was very enjoyable. In the other corner a bar.
Many thanks to Ian Hedges the rector for organising such an enjoyable evening.
My only regret my lovely friend Sian could not come as she would have loved the evening.
The money raised from the Christmas Tree Festival will go to the repair fund as the roof is leaking.