What a mixed bag this programme is. I think first and foremost I want to make sure everyone understands that this parish, near Barnsley, is a Church of England Parish. The opening episode showed departing Father David in his 39 button cassock and biretta sitting by a portrait of Basil Hume. He sure is catholic but is actually Anglo-catholic not Roman.
I had to look up the Diocese of Wakefield to check.
Secondly, don't you just love the methodology of propaganda, the marketing firm. Church LiTe is a brilliant campaign - who wouldn't want 50% less stuffiness.
Thirdly, as ever, the obstacle to success in almost all the Church of England churches around the country which are on their last legs is the personalities of the remaining legs. 'Over my dead body is this place changing.' Precisely.
Can't help thinking that simply keeping their show on the road without rocking the boat and starting something else, perhaps an Alpha course, would have been strategic. Is my church worth joining? Primary question.
Fourthly, the plucky Yank who can't sing, can't preach, has few inter-personal skills, no common sense and no friends. What a shoo-in he was.
Made me feel my church was great.
Can't wait for the final instalment and wish all those praying people well.