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Fresh Expressions, 1885

2009 January 31
by Tim V-B

Churches that are with the times / missional / evangelistic / incarnational / contextualised (or whatever other jargon word you like) like to start new services to reach those who don’t come to church.   In the Church of England it’s called a “Fresh Expression.”

Here’s a good example:

Good News for our friends at Stonefield. The Vicar has long been anxious to do something more for the spiritual needs of the increasing population of Stonefield. He has now finally decided to commence a Week-night Service, on Thursday evenings. It will commence on Thursday, February 5th, in the Stonefield Schoolroom, at 7.30 p.m.  The Service will last about an hour, and will be very simple, very plain, and very hearty.  It is intended especially for those in the neighbourhood who are not accustomed to bring to church. We trust it may prove an hour pleasantly and profitably spent. It will bring, we doubt not, a blessing to those who come, and to their homes. Books will be provided, and a hearty welcome given to any and all who come.

What more do you want?  It meets in a school, is aimed at the outsider, is plain and passionate, and even meets on a midweek evening.  You won’t get more freshness out of a tube of toothpaste!

This was announced January 1885 in the Christ Church Parish Magazine.

Ecclesiastes 1:9

2 Responses
  1. February 3, 2009

    Splendid stuff.

  2. RCO permalink
    February 21, 2009

    What’s the old saying…”The more things change the more they stay the same.” ;o)

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