Feast was an alternative worship congregation which met at Clapton Park URC (The Round Chapel) around 2006-8. It originated from Host a similar congregation which developed out of the ministry of Rev. Doug Gay. After Doug Gay left Host ran out of steam but there was a new cohort of 20-year-olds, especially a group living in the Manse on Powerscroft Road who wanted to meet for worship but in a new and different way from Host. After a period of discussion Feast was created. It flourished for a number of years before it too ran out of steam and went through another transformation into what is now called Sacred Space during the ministry of Rev. Elizabeth Welch. A small website still exists! http://www.theroundchapel.org.uk/feast/
The Feast Vision
Feast had many of the strengths and weaknesses of alternative worship congregations. It was at times exciting, often creative and it was part of a community which was important to many people. Feast became a hub around which many different things emerged but it was also fragile and unstable. Did it encourage genuine Christian discipleship? Did it make a difference to our community and our world? Did it develop a living spirituality relevant to its context and rooted in the way of Jesus? I'm not sure. Certainly I learned much from it and this learning went into the formation of An Evensong for Stoke Newington. I wouldn't have been without it.
It also helped turn me into a liturgist!
Collected here is some of this liturgy. Mostly this was for small groups of around a dozen people but occasionally we did larger events -- especially the Coca-Cola liturgy when we welcomed a group of American students. Feast also lead a number of liturgies at the Greenbelt Festival although I wasn't involved in these.
A liturgy for Feast