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merchant taylors' school mission, shacklewell, london

merchant taylors' school mission, shacklewell, london
the 1890 mission block shields the later church of st.barnabas from sight. taken over by the evangelical group known as grace church, the mission buildings have been nicely refurbished to let, with the intention of turning dalston creatives into born again christians. there appears to be a link with the american cult known as sovereign grace ministries, and although the church seems to still be c.of e., they certainly use s.g.m. hymns and modus operandi, particularly when it comes to their way of raising funds.
.frankly whether they are or aren't tied formally to this particular unpleasant u.s. cult isn't terribly important, this group may be different but I wouldn't bet on it. most evangelical church planting groups are a fairly unpleasant authoritarian lot hiding behind words like grace or love, exploiting naive youngsters and making a lot of money out of it which they seem to spend in petty wars with each other. still, that's pretty much a definition of all religion, isn't it. you join up, you get what you pay for, and I'm sure some people will find it worthwhile..

Giles Fouhy
Giles Fouhy
Hi, i'm giles, i'm the vicar of saint barnabas dalston. thanks for the mention here. not sure where you got your information about us but just to reassure we are a new church of england church. we're committed to our local area and we want to work alongside people of all backgrounds to make dalston a great place to live for all people. yes, we'll talk about our faith if you're interested but we're not trying to turn anyone into born again christians. i really hope that we are not, unpleasant, authoritarian or exploitative and we certainly are not making a lot of money out of anything. hope to meet you sometime.
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