Magazine article Anglican Journal

Country Music Draws Worshippers to St. Augustine's, Danville

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Country Music Draws Worshippers to St. Augustine's, Danville

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On an average Sunday, attendance at St. Augustine's Anglican Church in the small town of Danville, in Quebec's Eastern Townships, barely cracks double digits.

But when, four times a year, the regular service is replaced by a gospel hour, it's a different story. The most recent one, held at the beginning of December, brought around 100 people to church.

"The gospel hour, I do my very best to make it personal, and to make it that God isn't something you read about in the Bible--he's at work today," says Mastine, a lay reader for the deanery of St. Francis who usually leads services in Danville.

Mastine believes that major cultural changes that have occurred in Canadian society over the past two generations have left many feeling that traditional Anglican services are overly formal and hierarchical.

"We translate the Bible into different languages to make it comfortable for people," she says, "so we should do the same with other aspects of the service."

While Anglicans at the nearby university town of Lennoxville have an Evensong service that draws people looking to connect with a particular tradition of Anglican worship, Mastine's community worships in a different idiom. …

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