Archive for July 2010
Last night, travellers from near and far made a pilgrimage to THE HAPPY CHURCH in Exeter to celebrate six months of what Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali described affectionately as “The last pillar of hetero-orthodoxy in the South West church scene” and by preternaturally young, UCCF canon-fodder Brian Whittaker as “good banter”.
When we first set out our vision for a KJV-only, High Anglican Church which only preached from Romans, the naysayers said it couldn’t be done and the moralists said it shouldn’t be done.
Never one to listen to good counsel, THE HAPPY CHURCH did it, then repented afterwards.
Six months in and THE HAPPY CHURCH has not only led anti-drinking crusades and set up a successful church plant in Sheffield, but we have also fought the dark forces of secular humanism in the UK General Election.
To commemorate the last six months of putting “the ‘fun’ back into fundamentalism”, THE HAPPY CHURCH held a fourteen hour service entitled “Money, Movies and Martyrdom”. Although there were complaints by visiting Pentecostalists that the meeting was “too short”, the night otherwise went without a hitch.
Our night kicked off with a doctrinally-sound rap (with an organ accompaniment and Gregorian descant, of course) which skillfully popularised contemporary debate about tithing under the New Covenant to an arousing percussive beat.
The centrepiece of the night was the launching of our seeker-friendly THE HAPPY CHURCH movie night running throughout the Summer holidays. This will be done in partnership with our brothers at the evangelical Black Power group BlackChristianMovies.com. Last night commenced with a showing of 90s Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner smash hit – THE BODYGUARD:
Films on the list so far are: DOGMA, THE PREACHER’S WIFE, THE BOURNE [again] SUPREMACY, FATHER OF THE BRIDE (of Christ) and THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE CHARISMATIC.
Finally, THE HAPPY CHURCH choir came together to give a tuneful send-off to local Exeter minister Steve Goodbody who has been a long time supporter of THE HAPPY CHURCH.
Steve will be doing missionary work in the wilds of Devon where the natives don’t speak English and there is no running water. Incidents of cannibalism are frequent in the Exe Valley so it was fitting that Steve gave the final message of the night on martyrdom from Matthew 16:25. We wish him well in (his possibly shortened) life.