Innovation in Being Church

by Gerry Lynch last modified 27 Feb, 2014 09:44 AM

175 people gather at St Paul's in Salisbury to discuss fresh ideas for growing the Church.

175 people gathered at St Paul's Church in Salisbury to discuss how to be innovative in growing the Church.

With the help of Bishop Graham Cray, national Director of Fresh Expressions, the gathering explored how to begin to reach out to local communities in new and fresh ways. Bishop Graham emphasised that Fresh Expressions were new ways of being Church that should work alongside and compliment our traditional parish structure and styles of worship. They should be culturally relevant and focused on those who do not already attend church. Examples of initiatives already taking place in the Diocese were highlighted during a ‘Taster’ spot. Opportunities such as Church in the Hall at Redlynch were cited as good examples.   

There was time to network with people in the cafe style layout of the venue, and workshops in the afternoon covered areas such as working with the elderly, reaching people who were once regular churchgoers but have stopped attending, seasonal opportunities, engaging with Dads and men, and much more. The workshops were well attended and people were buzzing with ideas as they left at the end of the day.

Ministry For Mission has arranged further courses in areas such as Messy Church, Cafe Church and being a Pioneer Minister. Please contact Penny Joyce on penny.joyce@salisbury.anglican.org  if you would like to attend these events which are open to all and free of charge.

If you missed the day, you can catch up with all the tweets sent from the conference on the day using the hashtag #fxSarum, linked to directly here.

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