I have just realised that in the business of the last two weeks I have forgotten to mention this!! Burton Road Methodist Churchis holding a Rock Communion service in Lincoln. Metanoia are going to be there two weeks on Sunday at 6pm. Graeme, Ali, Ruth and I were all at college together with their minister, The Sten (The Reverend
Hayley Matthews has done a podcast for Fresh Expressions sharing her experiences of being a pioneer minister. Well worth a listen!
Since “Fresh Expressions” was coined as an all encompassing, Anglican and Methodist friendly term for anything ‘alt:worship’ or ’emerging church’ it has undergone an ongoing process of evolution. This can be somewhat problematic when introducing groups to these concepts. I was asked by my diocese to speak for a couple of hours to a group of prospective ordinands about
Science is awesome!! The creativity that is emerging around the globe is staggering. No longer are people constrained by the companies who sell ideas, they are free to explore the possibilities. This is the beauty of the digital revolution. I was given the opportunity to speak about alt worship/emerging church/culture with a group of people exploring
Bosco Peters has reproduced an article from a local newspaper that has some very interesting quotations from The Digital Nun, Sister Catherine Wybourne. I’ve written previously about the autonomy of social networks and made the comparison between the digital revolution and the printing press so I won’t produce the article in full here. However, there is one
The May edition of e-expressions has an interesting piece from Bishop Graham Cray about the place of communion within a Fresh Expression of Church. He highlights the defining characteristics of a church as: One of the ways by which we can recognize whether something is church, is whether ‘the Word and the Sacraments’ are present. Scripture
With the current debate in the Anglican Church about whether women should be consecrated to the Episcopate in the UK part of the communion it is rare to see debate that doesn’t just revisit old territory. I don’t think I have previously come across debate around this issue that explores how our leadership structures relate to
For lent I’ve been looking for ways to reinvigorate my prayer life and my bible study. I have been doing the Big Bible project with my wife and it has been a real springboard to our discussions. A friend began posting these 24-7 prayer video clips. From Ash Wednesday I have been posting them to our church
Last year you may remember the “say one for me” campaign. People were encouraged to put a poster in a local venue and collect prayers from the people in our towns and cities. These would then form part of the intercessions in our churches during lent. Well it’s back and this time there is a
One of the questions I keep asking when it comes to Fresh Expressions is “why do we take a cafe and put it into church rather than the other way around”? It isn’t limited to cafe church but this picture of a Starbucks cup with a paragraph by Rick Warren made me ask it again.