"'Fresh Expressions of Church' is a term in use for the past 20 years and is a way of describing outreach activities which have become new worshipping communities or new congregations."
If you have recently started or have an idea for a fresh expression of church, get in touch with one of our team. They can provide support and answer any questions you have along the way on how to grow and nurture your new congregation.
The Revd Sarah Flashman, the diocesan New Congregations Enabler, has been involved with Chatterbox, an ecumenical project in Milton Keynes, formed by the Revd Dr Sam Muthuveloe in the summer of 2021, prompted by a deterioration in the mental health of his parishioners.
Chatterbox takes the form of a weekly coffee and chat session at Cross and Stable Church, attended by between 40 and 50 local people to help tackle loneliness and boost wellbeing. The Cross and Stable Church offers free hot drinks and cake for local people of all ages, faiths, world views and backgrounds, and the chance to meet new people, share concerns with one another and boost their mental health.
Toddlers in the Woods
This Friday morning mission initiative for parents and childminders in a wood near Jordans village is being organised by Ali Corke, the lay minister at Seer Green. This is focused on engaging with children and carers in the outdoors and with a Greenhouse expected, should engage with the Godsend training material. The New Congregations Enabler is in regular contact with the initiative team and will visit in 2022 - stay tuned!
Chinnor ChooseDay Church
During the middle weeks of each school term, St Andrew’s Church, Chinnor run an afterschool group for 5-8 year olds and their parents and carers aiming to bridge the gap between the local St Andrews CE Primary school and the church. The time is guided by the children where they have the option to choose their own activities. Each week there is a new theme linked to a Bible passage or festival in the Christian calendar. The time ends with a short time of worship including reflection, prayer, and a children's worship song.