The inscription on June Cameron's family prayer book commemorates her aunt's confirmation at St Clement's Anglican Church in Marrickville in 1910. She was married in the Gothic Revival-style church. So was her daughter. Now the Family Firm has insisted that she leaves her family's church.

''It's sort of devastating, all of a sudden. To have them do this,'' she said. ''It isn't just the church's history - it's blooming well mine. And that's what I object to.''

Mrs Cameron was part of the congregation at St Clement's moved out of the historic building last month, when its Sunday prayer book service was replaced with an ''informal'' service held in a shopfront next door. For many among the congregation it was yet another sign that church leaders viewed them as incompatible with the future envisioned for St Clement's, which would aim to increase attendance by restyling the parish to suit a modern congregation.

Other groups, including a flourishing Chinese congregation and a church plant, that joined the parish in 2009, hold their services in the church.

"We were excluded because we didn't fit in. And our idea of a service didn't fit in," Mrs Cameron said.

The organist of 35 years was told in January her services were no longer required; the parish recently added a new jazz group.

Last month the cultists, who have taken over the parish council, submitted a development application to Marrickville Council - with the approval of the diocese - to remove the pews to increase space ''for standing, dancing and singing-style congregations''. The application suggested the baptismal font could be moved to accommodate a cafe.

The Archdeacon of Liverpool, Ian Cox, said the parish was seeking new ways to connect with the community and its decisions were no different to those being made in other suburbs."

"Woe to the world because of stumbling blocks!
Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe
to the one by whom the stumbling block comes!"



  1. I have seen elderly people close to tears because of the changes the Jensenites have made to their church services. Unlike me, they were unable to travel 80km each way to find a true Anglican church. And it is so unnecessary. My present parish in Dunedin is packed each Sunday with old guys like me and young families with lots of children. Parking is becoming a problem. And the service is prayer book (NZ) choral eucharist. There are other meetings during the week to cater for the different age groups but we all come together on Sunday to worship in the traditional Anglican formal service.

  2. Oh dear I am sure there are faults on both sides there usually are but chucking insults around as the article(or those quoted in the article) does is not deeply helpful

  3. It is virtually impossible to insult the Family Firm. Finding something truly horrid to say about them that is actually untrue is beyond the ability of mere mortals.

  4. What are you saying Anonymous? That these two people should remain silent whilst the church they love is destroyed?

    I’ve read & re-read this article, and can’t find anything which can be described an “insult” – just two people who’ve been discarded because they won’t accept that the Jensenists always know what’s best. So how is them speaking up for what they believe in “not helpful” to anyone other than the diocesan machine?

  5. I’m having an “Ick” reaction. }-X

    [But, um, I don’t think Lady Gaga would be welcome in a Family Firm cult event either.]

  6. Lemme see if I have this, um, straight: per the Covenant, it’s *TEC & the Anglican Church of Canada* that are threatening Anglicanism’s continuing existence? WTF!

  7. After a couple of bottles of wine you probably do.

    I say a couple of bottles because I have seen you down at least a bottle of wine and it had no visible effect on your sobriety whatsoever 🙂

  8. There are plenty of slappy-clappy denominations about for those who want that style of worship. The thing that attracted me, and lots of others I know, to the Episcopal Church, however, was the liturgy found in the “Book of Common Prayer,” the rich traditional hymns, and the beauty of the choral Eucharist. Thank God for our wonderful pipe organ. God forbid that it should be replaced by a jazz combo. Jazz combos are fine, and I have participated in a jazz mass. I simply don’t want to do that on a regular basis during my Sunday worship service.