Jacob’s Ladder is part of the Church of England and is what is known, in these days of everything needing a title, as a ‘Fresh Expression of Church’. Such churches share the same core beliefs as the more traditional ones, but operate rather differently.
We are not a half-baked church, a warm-up church or some kind of project to get people ready for a ‘proper’ church. We are a real church. The 100% deal. We just do things in a way that feels perhaps more palatable to some people than the traditional types.
We’re not better. We’re not worse. We’re just different.
In Dave, we have our own ‘vicar’ ... actually he’s called a Pioneer Minister and has a different kind of job description. He is accountable to the Bishop of Leicester and has a number of people in the
local Church of England set-up who keep an eye on him to make sure he doesn’t go all bonkers!
We have a team of volunteers who help plan, run and look after Jacob’s Ladder. Some are long-standing Christians who have ‘been around the block’, others are taking only the first tentative steps of their
faith journey. All of them have a say in how things are run and all also have to follow the essential requirements of the Church of England; for example being DBS checked and cleared.
Anyone and everyone is very welcome to attend and be part of Jacob’s Ladder. We love the fact that Jacob’s Ladder is a happy collective of fervent believers, some who would say they’re on a voyage of discovery and others who are openly avid unbelievers. We all get along just fine, enjoy each others’ company and know we can just relax and be ourselves.
The thing we have most in common is probably our love of music. For the majority, that music is predominantly rock, prog and metal. But not exclusively. For some it’s not about the music so much as hanging out together. And this is what we spend most of our time doing. At each of our monthly
get-togethers at The Hawley (Hugglescote Social Club) with a bar, quizzes, videos, debates,
games, eats and the like.
We are not out to try and convert anyone by persuasive preaching or Bible-bashing at Jacob’s Ladder. We are open about our faith and we do take the opportunity to present some information about the Christian perspective on life in our ‘Prog & Ponder’ slot. But it’s all very deliberately done so that
you can add it to your own thinking. To make your own mind up.
Oh, and the name? We took it from the Rush song of the same title (seven-and-a-half minutes of unadulterated atmospheric prog-metal). It also happens to be a story in the Bible
which illustrates the connection between earth and heaven. Perfect!