“Joyous Renewal in Christ”, an Episcopal Revival, 1975

This event derived from Charles Sydnor’s experience on a 5 man preaching mission team at St. Stephens in Culpeper in 1975. Invite 5 prominent Episcopal priests and have 4 worship services in early fall.

The newsletter published this advertisement for the event.

“St. George’s Church has the name of 609 communicants on the Register; St. George’s has an average of 152, including children who are not communicants. It’s easy to see that Christian commitment shows when the body is in the pew, not just the name on paper. Something is missing in the lives of the name-on-paper people: perhaps they are missing that fuel which energizes their trust natures as God’s inventions. It has been said that that “God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to fee on. There is no other. That is why it is just no good asking God to make us happy in our way without bothering about religion. God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there.” – C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

‘St. George’s, with faith, is offering an opportunity for all persons – God’s inventions – to come together for a special period of renewal: Joyous Renewal in Christ. October 5,6,7 and 8 have been selected for this special time

After the event Charles felt the event was a success with larger attendance than they had expected. They did send out a questionaire on the event. Although planned for a future year, it apparently was never repeated.