David Cameron's church
Courtesy of the delightful Ruth Gledhill at The Times (from whom Cranmer was sorely tempted to accept an invitation to meet a few months ago), this is the church at which David Cameron worships.
It is St Mary Abbots, the Parish Church of Kensington(-on-Sea?).
Their website says: ‘Past worshippers have included Isaac Newton, the Scientist, William Wilberforce, the anti-slave campaigner, and others such as George Canning, Beatrix Potter, Joseph Addison and HRH Princess Louise. In 1997 it became a focus of mourners for our late parishioner, Diana, Princess of Wales, with the lighting of many thousand votive candles and a remembrance service with over 1,000 people in attendance.’
While His Grace hopes (and prays) that this bizarre video is not indicative of the church’s spiritual life and worship, he asks his readers and communicants honestly to consider what their response might be if such a video had been made by the church of a more 'fundamentalist' (would-be) Christian MP, Kulveer Singh Ranger's gurdwara or Baroness Warsi’s mosque.
It is mesmerisingly cultish. Not only does there appear to be an abundance of scarlet-clad cardinals in the virtual congregation, but Silent Night is inexplicably sung in PC-Eurocentric German.
Is this meant to attract worshippers? Is it supposed to communicate something of the joy of Christmas or the ineffable wonder of being born again?
If this were indicative of Anglicanism in Kensington, Cranmer might be tempted to seek refuge at The Holy Ghost and St Stephen’s...