The term ‘Fresh Expression’ is used across Christian denominations to describe a form of church for a changing culture. An introduction from the Fresh Expressions website:
A fresh expression is a form of church for our changing culture established primarily for the benefit of people who are not yet members of any church.
·It will come into being through principles of listening, service, incarnational mission and making disciples.
·It will have the potential to become a mature expression of church shaped by the gospel and the enduring marks of the church and for its cultural context.
Fresh expressions are a response to 'our changing culture'. This movement assumes that the church is shaped by both the gospel and the culture it is trying to reach. It is not meant to be conformed to culture, but it is meant to be appropriate for reaching and transforming a culture.
No one local church can fully express Christ and his gospel. Each needs to be related to others, which have different gifts or contexts.-will add info for fresh expression and messy chruch-great thanks.
Bishop Graham Cray
Archbishops' Missioner and Leader of the Fresh Expressions Team
New Song Network -A growing and vibrant community offering varied opportunities for worship and service.
New Song Network is a growing community of Christians meeting together for worship, fellowship and service. Starting with New Song Cafe and Discipleship evenings in 2009 we meet for worship and fellowship centred around coffee and cake(always a winning combination) and draws people from a wide radius and the community has grown extensively over the past few years.
New Song breakfast started over a year ago and meets monthly on a Sunday morning encouraging families to worship in a new way, using video, drama and discussion we have focused the last year on the Methodist "Our Calling" theme.
Using the theme of "Service" we have committed ourselves to supporting Kiva a internationally renowned company who provide loans to help alleviate poverty. We are currently supporting 7 initiatives. In addition to supporting charities we seek to serve our community through the Community Action Team (CAT) where we are aiming to engage in good deeds to those in need.
For our "Worship" we seek to offer a variety of opportunities for creative worship sitting alongside traditional forms of worship. We seek to cherish both and create communities which respect our tradition and embrace new ways of being church. Within our community we are developing a series of home and study groups as a source of encouragement, discipleship and friendship.
"Evangelism" is a key thread of our network - we seek to find opportunities of allowing people to talk about God and share Gods story and their story of faith with others. A walking group, pub church, curry night, quiz night and host of fun events are developing to encourage Godly conversations.
Throughout of all this is "learning and caring" sharing Gods love and compassion in practical ways.Our discipleship evenings offer an opportunity for open discussion and we have covered such themes as pastoral care, Beatitudes, Esther, Israel/Palestine - an ongoing conflict, Brokenness, Lent, Four Gospels and Methodism. Along with sharing our hot drinks at the local crematoria and cemetery on key dates of the year (Christmas and Mothering Sunday) New Song Network is seeking to make a difference as it reaches out and lives the gospel and seeks Gods kingdom.