News Release distributed circa November 20: New Anglo-Catholic Church in Newtown Square: Newman Fellowship Offers "A Change in Substance"
An Anglo-Catholic church is meeting in Newtown Square on Sunday mornings at 9:00. The Fellowship of the Blessed John Henry Newman (Newman Fellowship) offers traditional, high church worship and classical appeal.
Formed two years ago by former Episcopalians, attendees at Newman Fellowship celebrate weekly communion, recite ancient liturgy, draw on the rich treasury of hymnody ranging from ancient to modern times, and sing Psalms to the plainsong tones and to Anglican chant. The service shows a preference for order, beauty, harmony and completeness, ending with a classical work played by organist and Oxford University D.Phil., William Gatens. The pastor is the Rt. Reverend Dr. David L. Moyer, an Anglican priest with extensive pastoral experience who also has a professional counseling practice in Paoli.
Liturgical, high church worship services [as found at Newman Fellowship] appeal to the younger generation, according to CNN Belief Blogger Rachel Evans. In her recent posting entitled, Why Millennials are Leaving the Church, Evans says:
"Having been advertised to our whole lives, we millennials [are] … not easily impressed with consumerism or performances…. Many of us, myself included, are finding ourselves increasingly drawn to high church traditions… precisely because the ancient forms of liturgy seem so unpretentious, so unconcerned with being "cool," and we find that refreshingly authentic. What millennials really want from the church is not a change in style but a change in substance."
Local millennial, Bronwyn Livezey, who attends Newman Fellowship, reflects Evans' views, stating: "I love the rich tradition of the hymns and how there's spiritual meaning in every aspect of the service." Eliza Ewing, of Chestnut Hill states: "The majesty of God in music, the glory of God in the beautiful old words, and the reverence of bowing the head at the name of Jesus Christ; these are not ornamental, purely for decoration's sake. They lift us beyond the realm of the everyday; these, our time and our talents, are our gifts to our Lord and loving Father…"
Newman Fellowship meets Sundays, 9 a.m., at St. John Latvian Lutheran Church, 301 N. Newtown Street Road, Newtown Square, PA.