Search

Holloway Road has a new church – in the Nag’s Head branch of Costa

PUBLISHED: 11:20 26 January 2017 | UPDATED: 11:33 26 January 2017

Sarah McDonald of Nag's Head Church Community. Picture: Matt Way

Sarah McDonald of Nag's Head Church Community. Picture: Matt Way

Archant

A vicar has founded a new church – in the back room of Costa Coffee.

Chapel-ccinos and mass-iatos were the order of the day at Nag’s Head Church Community’s first gathering last night.

And it was soundtracked by music from The Weeknd – an artist more closely associated druggy house parties than church.

The left-field congregations will take place every Wednesday in the Nag’s Head Costa branch in Holloway Road. It’s an offshoot of nearby Hope Church Islington and Rev Sarah McDonald, the 27-year-old founder, said it’s the first of its kind.

Rev McDonald, who ordained in July last year, formed Nag’s Head Church Community out of frustration that traditional church does not reflect 21st century lives.

She told the Gazette: “Lots of very good churches meet on Sunday in Islington, but for many people that model doesn’t work. Before training to be a vicar, I used to work in a pub and after a long Saturday shift, I would be too tired on Sundays.

“I wanted to create a different model. Our focus is people who wouldn’t go to traditional church, or who are frustrated with traditional church.

“Congregating in Costa is the first time the Church of England has ever done something like this. And who says church has to be defined by a building? I think we can do better. It’s great that the Church has got on board.”

Rev McDonald, who lives in Bride Street in the Cally, leads the hourly sessions starting at 7pm.

“You don’t have to believe in anything,” she added, “and you certainly don’t have to know the Bible. It’s the kind of church I wish I had when I was 20.

“We have a young team and it wouldn’t surprise me if we attract young people. I want it to be something my friends would come to. We have a chat, see how people are doing – as people in London don’t do that enough.

“Then we read some spiritual writing from the Bible and discuss how it relates to our 21st century lives. And there will be music – last night we listened, oddly enough, to The Weeknd, as a couple of his songs related to that session’s theme to belonging.”

For more information, visit nagsheadcc.com

Latest Islington News Stories

Yesterday, 17:05

A Barnsbury entrepreneur who wants to make his favourite sport “accessible and affordable for everyone” has launched a tennis app.

Yesterday, 16:54

A homeless army veteran from Holloway who is part of the Windrush generation has told of his battle for an ID card and benefits – after the government dubbed him an “illegal immigrant” and drove him into hiding.

Tue, 17:28

Extra security in Hackney’s streets over the Wireless weekend left Islington’s Finsbury Park community having to contend with hundreds of drunk, noisy festivalgoers, the council has said.

Tue, 16:28

Islington’s housing chief says the government “just doesn’t get” the housing crisis after today’s green paper revealed there will be no money to build new council homes.

Tue, 11:24

A Finsbury Park nursery has been given a Good Ofsted rating in all four areas of inspection.

Tue, 08:20

A mother and her two young kids have been left living with “devastating” damage after rainwater gushed through the ceiling of their Barnsbury flat last week.

Mon, 19:11

A “tormented” bereaved mother has urged witnesses to come forward after the case against her son’s suspected killer collapsed due to a lack of evidence.

Mon, 18:57

A single mum on maternity leave and her two young kids have been evicted from their Holloway home by a “horrible” housing association – because she couldn’t pay a £2,000 bill up front.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Fostering older teenagers means giving them the skills for life as an adult. Here, a supportive lodgings carer with Islington Council and young adult who has left care share their stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Islington Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now