The Anglican Cathedral of Second Life


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Thy Kingdom Come

This year, Anglicans of Second Life is taking part in a global initiative called ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. In 2016 the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in England started a special time of prayer between Ascension Day and Pentecost, a time when we look forward to the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Church. The focus of prayer is for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. This has now become a global movement which involves many different Christian denominations.

This year the dates for Thy Kingdom Come are 10-20 May. There are several ways you can get involved. If you go to the Pledge to Pray page you can sign up as someone who is joining this global wave of prayer. You can have a dot shown on the map of the world to indicate where you are. As members of Anglicans of Second Life come from all over the world, we could add a lot of dots between us!

There are a lot of resources available. There are some wonderful videos including one discussing what it means to pray ‘Thy kingdom come’ and the Lord’s Prayer in sign language. There are also resources for prayer. There is a huge amount to explore there. I found the Methodist Church’s ‘Waiting in wonder’, a Novena and a Catholic Novena and a prayer journal among the new resources for 2018. There is something for everyone, whatever your preference. You can get your friends and family involved if you wish also.

On Epiphany Island we will have a labyrinth with the Lord’s Prayer prayer stations taken from the resources. We hope you will walk the labyrinth and pray. We will launch the initiative with prayer in the chapel at midnight and at noon on Ascension Day, 10 May. Please call into the chapel to pray at any time. You could also go to the cathedral and light a candle for anyone for whom you are praying. We will have a wonderful celebration in the cathedral at noon on the Feast of Pentecost, 20 May. This will be my last service as Lay Pastor, although I anticipate leading some services in the future if the Leadership Team invite me to.

Helene Milena – Lay Pastor

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Further new team members

More volunteers have now joined various teams to help with the ministry of Anglicans of Second Life. We are still very happy to hear from others who would like to help.

The Leadership Team will meet on 10 May to make final preparations for Helene’s retirement.

Leadership Team

Sadly Patapon has had to withdraw from the Leadership Team due to personal circumstances. Cystarfire has now joined the team also. The Leadership Team now has nine members but there is still room for more to join.

Welcoming Team

Lynx Tree (peacelynxtree) is helping to coordinate the Welcoming Team. Others who have now joined the team are Pie Runner, Ray2009 Hazelnut and Katherine Temple (butterfairykitty).

Technical Team

Ray2009 Hazelnut has joined the Technical Team to help Ana our churchwarden.


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New team members take up their roles

On behalf of the Leadership Team, I am happy to announce that the first of our volunteers have taken up their roles. We have spent the last three weeks chatting to volunteers and trying to find the right way to use the talents they have. We still have some people to meet with for the first time, or to have follow-up meetings with. This is sure to result in more volunteers joining our teams. However, we don’t want to hold up everyone while we complete the process. All those joining teams are doing so on a three month trial so that they can see if the team they join suits them.

The blog will be updated in the coming weeks to reflect the changes in the teams.

Leadership Team

Three new members have joined the Leadership Team. Jude (JudeAaronZane) and Fionn Bookmite are joining us for the first time. Patapon Monday has been on the team before and now we are happy to be able to welcome her back. We look forward to the contribution these new members can bring to us. Fionn will be our Communications Officer, a new role which will cover many of the communications tasks I currently undertake. We will be working with Fionn to define the extent of the role in the next few weeks.

Prayer Team

Heatherly Addens has joined the Prayer Team. Heatherly was previously on the Leadership Team. We’re glad that she has found a role she can do within the time she has available. We are currently looking at joining the Prayer and Pastoral Teams into one. There will be further news soon. Remember, if you want someone to pray with you, you can page them from the board inside the cathedral on the left.

Welcoming Team

We have several volunteers who would like to help build the Welcoming Team once more. Lynx Tree (peacelynxtree) is going to help our Church Warden, Ana Stubbs, to co-ordinate the Welcoming Team. Other members will be joining the team next week and hopefully you will see welcomers on the sim at times when you visit. They will be there to answer questions and show visitors around the sim if needed.

Helene Milena – Lay Pastor


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Report on Leadership Team meeting 13 January 2018

Here is a brief outline of what happened at the meeting which was attended by Helene Milena, Ana Stubbs, Klaus Bereznyak, Charlie12string Lax and Joyous Schism.

Ana reported on the early results from our survey (https://epiphanysurvey.com) The survey had been available for a week and received 26 responses, from a mix of regular members of Anglicans of SL and those who only pop in occasionally. Of these, quite a number had no other church apart from Epiphany. There had been some suggestions for activities, such as more dances and restoration of the Saturday discussion group. Some people had shared how Epiphany had been instrumental in their finding or deepening their faith. There has been a trickle of volunteers, some with a good idea of what they can offer and some not sure. All members of AoSL have received a notecard with details of where to find the survey. There are also boards around the sim to remind people.

Those who have volunteered will receive a personal invitation to attend one of the community meetings, which will be open to anyone who wishes to attend. The dates and times of these will be published shortly. Helene will not be at these meetings. The format of the meetings is likely to be partly giving information about roles within AoSL and also answering questions. There is likely to be an opportunity to explore further some of the questions posed in the survey.

We will begin preparing for things to be different after Helene’s retirement by looking at the format of the noon Sunday service. Others may lead; others may give a short reflection on the readings for the day; or a reflection from published sources may be used.

Celberon, who has previously been a worship leader, would like to start Evening Prayer again. This was agreed by the Leadership Team. It may initially be on an ad hoc basis. Celberon will send out a notice if he is available in the chapel to lead.

The next meeting of the Leadership Team is likely to be in mid-February after the community meetings have been held.

Helene Milena

 

 


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Change is in the air

At our New Year Covenant Service yesterday, Helene made the following announcement:
 
Before we begin our service, I have some news to share with you. I have had a growing awareness for some time that I need to step back from being Lay Pastor of Anglicans of SL. Family commitments mean that I struggle to do all that I would like for this ministry. I have therefore informed the Leadership Team that I would like to retire from my position by mid-May at the latest which will be almost 9 years after I began my role. I would like to remain involved in this ministry in some way, but exactly how will be decided by the Leadership Team.
 
Obviously it’s necessary to work out what will happen in the future for AoSL. We are asking members to complete a survey so that we can find out their thoughts. This will be ready next week. We also need volunteers to join the Leadership Team and to take on some of the responsibilities of running this ministry. If the general opinion is that our ministry should cease, it will still be necessary to have a team to oversee that. Please complete the survey and prayerfully consider how you might be involved in this ministry. We will be having a series of meetings at the end of January and beginning of February when we can discuss together what might happen. Please feel free to contact any member of the Leadership Team directly if you want to discuss anything in the meantime.
 
It has been a huge privilege to lead worship here, to pray with those who need it and to lend a listening ear. I shall always be grateful for what I have been able to do. Now, if the ministry continues, it needs to be under new leadership, a team and a leader who can exploit the huge potential this ministry has to reach people with the Gospel.


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Carols on Epiphany

On Sunday 17 December at noon, we celebrated the traditional Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at the Cathedral. This popular service was well attended as usual, and a variety of voices was heard as volunteers read the nine passages that tell the story of Jesus’ birth from the moment it is foretold in the book of Genesis in the Bible. Each reading was illustrated with live props by our churchwarden.

After the service, we had a lively social time on the benches outside the cathedral. Some snaps from the occasion can be seen in this online album.

This Sunday at noon (Christmas Eve), a short service for the Fourth Sunday in Advent will be followed by the return of the Posada to Epiphany Island and all are welcome to join us for this.

On Christmas Day, there will be a service of prayers and readings at noon in the chapel.