- Creativity - Community
Church for people who don't 'do church'? Is that possible? If people don't 'do church' what do they do? How do they fill their time? What are they committed to?
There's a bunch of questions we have been asking now for nearly a year. C3 is a small group of people who live in Marple near Stockport (near Manchester!) and since April we have been gathering people around creative activity. 'Belonging - believing - behaving' (rather than the other way around), is almost now a creedal statement for new churches and 'belonging' is a our basis.
So this is what happens in C3.
We are group-based - we have 5 small groups, one of which is classic cell-group except that it is totally flexible. We use structures as reminders - the famous 4 w's, welcome, worship, word & witness. This group is all about discipleship, accountability, learning, sharing, going on with God, asking questions - it is the heartbeat of C3.
The 'face' of C3 will be the 4 'creativity groups' which gather Christians with others around a common passion!
A card-making group - very popular activity it seems these days. This meets in Marple. A small group meets in Hawk Green around glass-art and leaded windows. A third meets as a partnership with a local Anglican church in Stockport, St Martins, Norris Bank. This is daytime and gathers people around various arts and crafts. A fourth is about to start and is music based - the vision is to gather adults and youth around music and music technology, recording, processing, performing, maybe even selling!!
In all this our driving vision is that church should not be shaped around Christians (only) and what they prefer and like to do, but around non-Christians. C3 is 'mission-shaped church'. Each of these 4 groups mix Christians, non Christians, unchurched, previously churched.
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