Prayer and worship are at the heart of our community. Praying together takes place at least twice each day either in the Cathedral or in the Chapel. In order to maintain this number of services we need a strong team of worship leaders. Some have had experience of leading worship in offline churches before leading in Second Life, while others have been trained by us, having first experienced online worship for some time.
Helene Milena (Ailsa Wright)
I am a self-employed part-time teacher and a counsellor qualified to offer counselling both face to face and online. I am an Anglican (Church of England) in real life and have been active in many churches since I became a Christian at the age of 6.
I am currently very involved in my local Anglican church, where I am secretary to the PCC (Church Council). On Sundays I help in the service by reading, leading prayers or taking the role of altar server or liturgical deacon. I co-ordinate a team which assists at weddings. I write the marriage registers and marriage certificates. I am also responsible for all registers in the two churches of the parish. As we have numerous baptisms and weddings each year, this is quite a task!
I have been involved in online church since May 2005. The potential of offering church online has surely not yet been fully explored. I feel privileged to be involved in this Fresh Expression (Emerging) church and am committed to developing online Christian ministry as a complement to face to face church. I lead the ministry of Anglicans of Second Life, chairing real time and asynchronous meetings of the Leadership Team. Within our Second Life ministry I lead worship, offer pastoral care/counselling and am a member of the Prayer Ministry Team. You can contact me by email at ailsa [at] ailsa-wright.net
Charlie12string Lax (Charlie Northcroft)
I am originally from New Zealand, but have lived in Australia for many years, but am still staunchly a Kiwi at heart! I lived in an ecumenical Christian community for 24 years where I ran our little hobby farm enterprise and was part of the leadership team.
I am now retired and living in a little country town near Canberra, where I am actively involved with our local Anglican church, having served on the parish council, represented our parish at Synod, and occasionally preached when our minister had to go away. For several years I also used to take Scripture lessons in our local primary school. I have also looked after an AOG church for a short time in outback Australia, where I got the nickname “Charlie12string,” because I play a 12string guitar. You can contact me at charlie12string [at]icloud.com
Heatherly Addens (Helga Zahn)
Baptized as a member of the evangelical church, I live in Germany. In my family are several ministers – one of them my brother who lives with his family in Edinburgh, Scotland. Through him I came to a “living faith” at the age of 14 and have had several roles in church since then. First I was leading a church group for children aged from 8-14 years. As I had to stop that because of a new job I started to join a young adults group myself out of which a bible study group developed to which I still belong today. A few years ago I started to lead a children‘s church group within a team. The children are aged from 3-13 years and I enjoy the work with them very much.
When I came to Epiphany I was fascinated by the daily prayers which I did not know in that form before and by the many friendly people I met. As I love to get to know new people I enjoy welcoming and introducing them to Epiphany as a Cathedral Welcomer. I am happy to have the opportunity to help the Worship Leader Team with the German or English Evening Prayer. My prayers include the wish to be able to show the light of Jesus through my life to others. I love to pray for all who want me to do so as I believe that God listens to our prayers and wants the best for us, his beloved children.
Celberon Donardson (Bruce Cameron-Laker)
I am a full-time teacher in the UK with a reputation for effective pastoral and academic pedagogy. Having been blessed with a strong christian family, I grew learning the ways of the Lord as much as of the world. Prayer at breakfast, school, family and church occasions and at bedtime taught me the importance of leaving everything in His hands and listening for His Spirit’s urgings throughout each day. Married with three children, 2 dogs, 1 snake, 1 goldfish, and unlimited dust mites I love being out and about with my family. Bell ringing, camping, swimming, we really enjoy doing things together.
I have been in Second Life since 2007 but it is only recently that I have been able to become active on Epiphany Island with the upgrade of my broadband and computer. As a Lay Brother of the Prayer Foundation I am more than content serving where led and most content when I see the fruits of the Spirit manifesting in lives and hear witness of Jesus’ lordship, mercy and grace. My email is celberon[at]speir.net and am happy to be called either Bruce, Brother Bruce or Celberon.
- Favourite Scripture – My eager expectation and hope is that I will not be ashamed about anything, but that now as always, with all boldness, Christ will be highly honored in my body, whether by life or by death. HCSB – Phillipians 1:20
- Favourite Hymn – Hymn to God, by John Donne
- Favorite Song – Don’t Let Your Heart be Hardened, by Petra
- Favorite Food – Yorkshire pudd’s and thick gravy
- Favourite Meal – Roast beef, asparagus, sweet potatoes followed by Dutch Apple cake and ice-cream
- Favourite wine – any Margaux
- Favourite colour – Rainbow (I know – it’s a cheat ;-))
- Favourite quip – “Alien until the resurrection!”