Snapshots - Stories From the Edge
Snapshots - Stories From the Edge is a free downloadable booklet, in pdf form, which is released three times a year. Each issue tells the story of a particular fresh expression of Church. As with our previous publication, Encounters on the Edge, we want to give thoughtful accounts of what happens when people follow Jesus, discern God's call and start a further Christian community for people outside the current churches.
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Issue 2 (June 2014) - Surprises in a normal setting
This second issue of Snapshots looks at Fun-Key Church in Richmond, North Yorkshire. The congregation of St Mary's Church, Richmond, values traditional church music but is predominantly elderly. Yet alongside their weekly Sunday services, Fun-Key Church is a monthly congregation that works for young and old, adults and children, with worship aided by craft, music, activities, prayer and fun. It has added around 35 per cent more attenders to their church. Author George Lings says: "We noted the energy, creativity and good sense in its lay leaders. We thought it a story worth making better known, because something like it could be started by many churches."
You can download Surprises in a normal setting here.
Issue 1 (January 2014) - Holy Ground
Written by George Lings, this debut issue of Snapshots examines a community called Holy Ground that meets in Exeter Cathedral once a month. George visited Holy Ground and found a group of Christians wanting to connect with life, using alternative worship, café church styles and extended meditation within one overall gathering. What can we learn from their story? Can cathedrals and larger churches do fresh expressions of Church too? Could monthly church be a good way forward? Could something similar happen elsewhere?
You can download Holy Ground here.