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Stories of the emerging church,
told by people on the journey.

indicates a 'virtual cafe' mini-interview

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October 10 :

sunrise[STORY] OCTOBER 10
Pioneer Leadership Training
JONNY BAKER[London UK]

" OK I figured it's about time to give anyone interested an update of where i have got to with developing pioneer ministry training. a bit of back story may be in order..."

April 10 :

sunrise[STORY] 1st APRIL 10
To be this Good, You have to be Bad.
MAY DITTUP Sup? Harrogate
[UK]

" Are you needing some extra 'edge' to your mission activity? We met with the people behind 'Sup? - a cafť church project in Harrogate UK who will stop at nothing to share their faith..."

[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] APRIL 10
Fiona & John Sweetman unleashed.
Fiona & John Sweetman [Worcester UK]

"We're from Worcester - nearing retirement so hoping to do more work with our contacts in Kenya who are very ready to walk in whatever they believe God is saying"

February / March 10:

sunrise[STORY] FEBRUARY 10
Find out what church can be like...
PETER DOMINEY
[UK]

" In the summer of 2009 Phil Durrant spent a month with Church from Scratch in Southend and recorded a thought provoking video diary of his impressions. It's a diary that captures the day to day life of this distinctive church and their mission. Phil is a trainee minister at Oxford University and Church from Scratch is a 7 year old Baptist church, planted by Peter Dominey. The church is now a network of 10 community groups across the area and is organised around mission and community rather than having a Sunday service."

photo by ian adams[STORY] FEBRUARY 10
Cathlimergent
JOHN SOBERT SYLVEST
[UK]

"Back in December we talked to John Sylvest about his new discussion vehicle Cathlimergent Conversations - Catholics in the Emerging Church Conversation. At the time Cathlimergent was only 9 days old and this is his response to our question, So what's it all about? "

November / December 09 :

sunrise[STORY] NOVEMBER 09
A flurry of questions fired at...
STEVE TAYLOR
[NEW ZEALAND]

" Where are you at? Behind a desk, in Christchurch, New Zealand. Beside me builders saw, bang, crash - as the church builds a cafe and more community space. When I am not here (church pastor) I am at Laidlaw College, lecturing in areas of mission and leadership. It's a fascinating mix: being with people in journey of mission, yet reflecting in terms of the wider tradition."

photo by ian adams[STORY] NOVEMBER 09
Ways into Small Missional Community
IAN ADAMS
[UK]

"Many of the small missional communities that I work with seem to be have flickered into life in the dreams of one or two visionary people. But thereís very good reason to seek company, even at this early stage. The project will almost certainly have greater vitality and resourcefulness if the vision is shared and shaped by a few others - perhaps even just 2 or 3 people who will be part of the project with you and who will love it and commit to it, rather than just you being the one person blazing a lone trail. "

September 09 :

church for the night[STORY] SEPTEMBER 09
A flurry of questions fired at...
BRIAN DRAPER
[UK
]

"
Where are you at? - Iím on some kind of threshold. Liminal space. And Iím trying to work out whether this is the passage to some place new, or whether I have to get used to living on the threshold. We are, after all, caught between a world that is passing, and a world that is to come. Uncertainty rules."

church for the night[STORY] SEPTEMBER 09
Ordained pioneer ministry in Rochester
ROB RYAN
[UK
]

"
An Ordained Pioneer Minister starts out building a fresh expression in Rochester. On September 6th I was ordained in Rochester Cathedral. I have an elaborate job title of 'Pioneer Curate'. I am the curate on the staff of the cathedral and I am being trained in everything that a Church of England curate needs to be trained in - such as learning how to deacon at the Eucharist, process, preaching, funerals, baptisms and so on. For some Anglicans that would be normal stuff, but coming from my 'low church' background of St. Mark's Gillingham alongside around 14 years of working with Youth for Christ it was quite a culture shock."

church for the night[STORY] SEPTEMBER 09
Break down the walls: can we, the working class, have oor church back please?
PAUL THOMPSON
[UK
]

"I used to love seeing masel as part of the emerging church until about 4 years ago. However, three things, began to crack and slowly dislodge my identification with all things emerging - in both church and the wider uk society, and propel me back out into scotland. The resulting relationship between me, christianity and the land around me here has changed beyond all recognition.. my faith, my trust has returned again, not just in God but in my roots; the estates I grew up with, the place itself, the land, the people; its colourful mix of natives and newcomers, industries, even creation itself - lost friends regained - all of it is my church now..
."

Easter 09 :

church for the night[STORY] EASTER 09
Church for the Night
JON OLIVER
[UK
]

"A few months ago, some of the club chaplain team were talking about the big traditional churches dotted around town, and about how there is often a special 'something' about these places. Of course we all know that God is everywhere and that the church is the people not the building Ė but nonetheless there is often something tangibly distinct about these old churches which means that just entering these places, just being there, can be a spiritual experience itself."

December 08 - January 09:

[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 12.08
Sarah is seeking ways to run a church.
SARAH [HAWAII:US]

"
Sarah, from Hawaii currently living in Cali, I am a Salvation Army officer in training. Which means in a year and a half I will be a pastor in the Salvation Army, I am currently in my first year of seminary..."

[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 12.08
Debra has no idea what she is doing.
DEBRA [NEW JERSEY:US]

"I really have no idea what Iím doing, but I trust that God will get me where Iím supposed to be each day."

October - November 08:

[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 10.08
Bens on-line Ministrey
BEN ECHEVARRA

"So who are you, where you from, what do you do in life? My Name is Ben, Iím From Somerville Mass whichi s just outside of Boston. I work as a chef, and currently Iím the youth pastor at a small Baptist church. I do this while I try to work on my own ministry..."

August 08:

two ladies[STORY] 08.08
Experiments in Truth
MARK SCANDRETTE
[San Francisco
, USA]

"It is bittersweet to recall the first few years that our family lived in San Francisco. We had moved to the city with a dream: to form a community of people who would take Jesus seriously as the teacher and revolutionary he intended to be..."

[STORY] 08.08
Mobile Property Moves More

William Yoder
[Moscow]

"Church pastor Leonid Kartavenko believes this to have been Moscow’s first evangelistic boat excursion. Evangelistic expeditions in the early 1990’s had chartered ships on the Volga and in Siberia. But evangelistic events whilst the boat was in-motion had not been a part of the programme.."

[STORY] 08.08
Safe place, truth space..

Janis Knox
[UK]

"It has been described as, ‘a safe place where terrible things happen!’"

June 08:

two ladies[STORY] 06.08
A Mission-shaped Church for Older People?
CLAIRE DALPRA
[UK]


"How often do you hear the phrase "emerging church" mentioned in the same sentence as "older people"? Not often..."

[STORY] 06.08
Wilderness Meditation. Aoradh Christian Arts Project

CHRIS GOAN
[Dunoon,Scotland]

"It is almost summer! Even here, in the west of Scotland, the sun is shining, and the life is exploding all around us. Many of us will be longing to get outdoors- out into the wild places, because just being in wilderness seems to give us soul-space, and opportunities to connect again with the Creator."

[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 06.08
Hallelujah! I'm not alone
AMANDA [Washington US]

" Finally having some sort of support group to help share the ideas I’ve had for years..."

May 08:

[STORY] 05.08
Living outside the walls of the church
JAMES PALMER
[Michigan US]


"By the time we were finished the thought of taking a job in the church was more than we could bear..."

[STORY] 05.08
Grassroots: God's Design for Redemption
KYLE ZWIEP

[Michigan US]

"And He said to him, 'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.'..."

[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 05.08
You're Number One
MICHAEL SPILLANE [Florida]

"Slowly awakening from a long sleep into the amazing possibility that the kingdom appeared while I was unconscious and I’m not sure what it all means..."

[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 05.08
Gliding Like a Bird
BABETTE DU PLESSIS-CAROLINE [USA]

" I am gliding like a bird, he comes along side and swoops down, and says “rest a while”..."

March/April 08:

grass[STORY] 04.08
Back to the estate
BOB LIGHT
[Southampton UK]


"...When we get round the word it's really inclusive. I don't stand up and preach to them, I actually sit with them and give them the opportunity to share what God is doing...."

misty tree[STORY] 01.04.08
In the WILD
MAY DITTUP
[Coventry UK]

"...in the spirit of the message I remove my trainers and socks and step into the building. It's clear that multisensory is the watchword here - I can hear recorded bird song, I can see some artfully-placed farming tools, the ground does indeed have a circle of soil to place your feet on and somehow even the authentic smell of farmland is present..."

grass[STORY] 04.08
Thoughts from Hartbeespoort
ANTON VAN ZYL
[Hartbeespoort :South Africa]


"...we must try to question every tradition that is part of our christian doings. Is the things we do really Christian things or are they church stuff?...."

February 08:

grass[STORY] 02.08
Breaking up fallow ground
VANESSA, CARL and MALDWYN
[South Wales UK]


"...we felt it important to humanize Jesus so to speak and participate in breaking down the stereotypical barriers that the church has engrained..."

[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 01.08
Becoming mission-shaped
PHIL GREEN [Bootle, UK]

"Church happens!! There is no need for a slick program or a practised sermon just believers meeting to seek God.."

January 08:

[STORY]01.08
The Boring Wells Story - Scene 1
Adrian McCartney [Moneyrea, Ireland]

"Holes in the cheese - that was God's word to me. I read somewhere recently about the parish system in the Anglican church being a bit like a cheese sandwich - wherever you take a bite you get cheese."

[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 01.08
Unboxed Church
Glenn Kelley[New Jersey, USA]

"What's the big secret you're itching to share with everyone?
Church happens!! There is no need for a slick program or a practised sermon just believers meeting to seek God.
.
"

October07:

malt[STORY]10.07
A transcendent vision
Sue Wallace, Visions [York UK]

"Last year, when the roof of our usual venue was being re-done, we migrated to York Minster crypt for a few months. We loved the space, and opportunities to meet new people that came from being in the Minster, although it was quite hard work doing a full service set-up every week..."

malt[STORY]10.07
Prayerfeeder
Stephen Dominy

"Prayerfeeder (http://prayerfeeder.com) is a simple, powerful and free internet tool, designed to help friends, families and communities pray with each other..."

September 07:

[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 09.07
Cooking tonight
Eric [Birmingham]

"Has anyone ever turned up out of the blue not knowing what to expect? What did they say? Yes, "are we seriously cooking dinner?"."

[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 09.07
Friends and laughter and silences together.
George[UK]

"What's the big secret you're itching to share with everyone? “Seek first the Kingdom of God”."

August07:

malt[STORY] 08.07
Boring Wells
Paul Rowden [Belfast, Northern Ireland]

"As long as I stay true to what I believe Jesus would have me do then I am going to be seeking out the poor and oppressed and feeding the hungry and releasing captives and helping the blind to see where-ever I can. If that is what Christ was here to do then I will give it a go too..."

[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 07.07
We be jammin.
Ness [Wales]

So, if you had to describe the church/project/experiment/thingy you are currently involved with in one sentence, what would that sentence be? "community folk jam evening in a pub with spiritual input"

July 07:

malt[STORY] 07.07
Isaac Everett: musician, composer, audio designer
Becky Garrison

"Isaac is a musician, composer, audio designer, and the co-founder of Transmission, an underground church in New York City. His recent album, Rotation, weaves pop, glitch electronica, acid jazz, and traditional liturgical melodies into a unique but familiar tapestry of urban spirituality ..."

[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 07.07
You DO know God has humour, right?
Mackan Andersson [Sweden]

April 07:

[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 04.07
Change is here to stay
Jonathan, UK

[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 04.07
Mom, coffee slinger, writer
Gina, Clio, MI

March 07:

malt[STORY] 03.07
Ambient Wonder
Norwich, UK

"...we wanted to be a place where people who didn't know what they thought or felt about God could experience something spiritual in a way that relates to the rest of their lives..."

malt[STORY] 03.07
Joining the tribe...
Jim Gilmore interviewed by John Drane (Pt1)
Los Angeles USA

"...I think the debate about women in church leadership is overrated because I don't think there should be a debate. The rest of Western culture has figured out that there isn't a thing in the world a man can do that a woman can't do just as well. So why are we in the church lagging behind?..."

February 07:

malt[STORY] 02.07
Plant, struggle, collapse?
John
UK

"I'm beginning to think this emerging church thing is just for those who are lucky enough to have someone ordained looking after it. The rest of us plant, struggle to sprout, but ultimately aren't fed..."

December 06:

[STORY] 12.06
Dangerous Living
Si Johnston
Coleraine, Northern Ireland

"Part of maintaining a healthy spirituality and perspective on life involves punctuating it with moments that might allow us space and time. For many, the Soliton Sessions are becoming a space to allow just that..."

[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 12.06
My Habit of Planting Churches

Matt [Tasmania ]

"I had these ideas evolve over a couple of years, only to find that my ideas are already out there..."

November 06:

malt[[STORY] 11.06
Urban Nights - Church on the streets
Kingston UK

Urban nights is simple, a team of workers sit outside the church on a Thursday night giving away Hot chocolate and cakes (Baked by the people in the church). Over the weeks and months they build great relationships and friendships with each other, talking about different issues and problems the young people face, as well as get them involved in local issues and concerns.

malt[[STORY] 11.06
Have you been to church lately?
ASH
CapeTown, South Africa

"Church isn’t necessarily all about stained glass windows, a “worship” team and shiny polished wooden pews for me. They call me post-modern, emergent and a bunch of other things…but I’m just an ordinary Christian, a ragamuffin saved by God's grace..."

[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 10.06
Love, honesty, action

FRED SHOPE [South Carolina ]

"I believe the emerging church is the next work of the Spirit to revolutionize the Church, sort of a new Reformation..."

October 06:

malt[STORY] 10.06
Malt Cross Vision
DAVE WARD
Nottingham UK

" We have always had the intention to the cafť bar being a “safe place” in the city and people often comment on this and have actually called it a sanctuary. "

[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 10.06
A tin hat and prayer support network

TIM MOORE [Derbyshire UK]

[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 10.06
Liberating and Real

BETH [South Wales]

September 06:

[STORY] 09.06
A line from Jubilee
ANN
Jubilee, Hartley Valley, Australia

" I have never "pastored" such a small group, nor enjoyed church so much. It has been hard to adjust to the idea of smallness."

August 06:

[STORY/INTERVIEW] 08.06
Urban Harvest
KENN KILAN Caloundra CityHarvest

"I have resisted telling our story for some time now as I feel, along with many others, that it's too early to come to any conclusions about the emerging church."

[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 08.06
Follow Me and Catch People
BEK Parkes Austrailia

 

June 06:

Image [STORY/INTERVIEW] 06.06
Fron non-church to emerging church?

LOWELL SHEPPARD Nagoya, JAPAN

"...The church in Japan is small, and virtually irrelevant. The non church movement however, is evidence of the Mission of God being expressed in Japan and deserves a second look by missiologists ... this is only part of the story of the church in Japan that can provide some light on the struggles we are facing in the West..."

[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 06.06
Cause, Commitment, Journey

ATHSTA fron SYDNEY AUSTRALIA

May 06:

Image [STORY/INTERVIEW] 05.06
Experiencing God, struggling together
REVOLUTION, Inverness UK

"...The church in Inverness is quite traditional, formal and middle class. These kids are none of these things. We talked to lots of churches and there was no church that was willing or ready to take on a group of wild young people..."

LINDSEY HOWIE and DAVE SAUNDERS are interviewed by RICHARD BROMLEY to talk about Revolution - a spiritual community of young people based around relationships rather than membership.

[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 05.06
Like a 3 week old puppy
SCOTTY B - from K2C
OKLAHOMA USA

April 06:

Image [STORY/INTERVIEW] 04.06
A spirited exchange

JENNY McINTOSH interviewed by PAUL FROMONT

'Spirited Exchanges' co-founder Jenny talks with Paul about how personal experience led to the creation of an organisation engaging with people who have left or struggle with exisiting models of church.

Image [STORY] 01.04.06
Paradise on earth?

Wyndup Beach, Wales

"Adam waves at me from across the sand dunes, he is wearing a dog collar, sports sandals and nothing else. Welcome to NUDES - the UK's first naturst beach mission."

March 06:

[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 03.06
Out of my gourd!

ELLEN
USA

[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 03.06
On a journey

PAUL
UK

February 06:

Image from Present Testimony Ministry website[STORY/RESOURCES] 02.06
40

SI SMITH
revive : Leeds UK

What exactly did Jesus do with those 40 days in the wilderness? A new CD-Rom resource brings a fresh perspective
to a familiar story through comic art.

We chat with illustrator Si Smith of Leeds church revive.

Image from Present Testimony Ministry website[STORY] 02.06
Is this discussion any good?

VARIOUS
Global

'Alternative-Emerging' is an email discussion list that grew out of the UK/Australia/New Zealand alt.worship communities. We asked its members what they valued about being on the list. Maybe you'll like to join them...

[The second in our mini-series of how digital technology is resourcing and transforming the emerging church.]

January 06:

[STORY] 01.06
Bona Fide Fire

SHANE TUCKER
Dreamers of the Day : Northern Ireland


Where art, faith and culture meet and mix...an opportunity to be refreshed, renewed and re-created...
Shane talks about starting with a fire inside...

Image from Present Testimony Ministry website[STORY] 01.06
Virtually Emerging [1]:
Metacultural workshops

AARON CAVANAUGH
Christian Radio : Internet


The emerging church has siezed the opportunity offered by the internet to explore, discuss and incubate ideas unconfined by traditional boundaries of location and social situation.

Over the next few months we're gonna look at a mix of the established and some fresh ideas [because YOU might want to join in!] - we begin with one of the latter: Aaron tells us how he's offering online workshop space as part of the ChristianRadio.me.uk project.

[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 01.06
Sick of convention

WENDY
Belfast, Northern Ireland


Wendy pops in for a quick decaf and brings her emerging church surivial kit - but it's empty... find out why in the virtual cafe.

November 05:

Image from Present Testimony Ministry website[STORY/RESOURCES] 11.05
Asking, not answering

PAUL HUTCHINSON
Ikon : Belfast : Northern Ireland

A moving mix of soundscapes, poetry, beats and song combine in this unique collection of twelve tracks from Belfast based Ikon alternative worship group. We interview Paul, one half of 'Stray', the duo behind the CD from 'an emerging community, becoming Christian'
.

[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 11.05
Honest, open and true

JOSHUA
Salem, Oregon USA


Self-confessed 'n00b' Joshua talks about creating church for the burnt, burned out and misinformed. He's gonna need that coffee then...

October 05:

Image from Present Testimony Ministry website[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 10.05
Thin places, strong coffee

BREE DENNIS
Taree : New South Wales : Australia

Bree pops into our virtual coffee shop to tell us about being part of a traditional church exploring new forms of worship for the community.

Image from Present Testimony Ministry website[STORY] 10.05
Christ - Creativity - Community
TONY HARDY
C3 : Stockport : UK


"Emerging church is not just for the emerging generations!" Tony tells us about church based around 4 creativity groups and a wide range of ages.

Image from Present Testimony Ministry website[STORY] 10.05
Light in dark places

ANNE DANNEROLLE
Lighthouse Project / Hull Community Church : Hull UK


When your church is a refuge for drug addicts, prostitutes and the homeless, perfect-life theology becomes worthless. Anne tells how real life is painful and messy but still has room for hope.

September 05 :

[STORY] 09.05
Playing in the Bath

ALEXANDER CAMPBELL

UK

Swish buildings, weird sub-cultures and restrictive structures - who needs 'em? Certainly not a group of people in Bath exploring what it is to be a 'simple church'. Alexander Campbell (simplechurch.co.uk) tells all...

August 05 :

photo from visions service

[STORY] 08.05
Open space

ANDY TRENIER
UK

From a sink estate somewhere in the south... what do community woodland, organic vegetables and the emerging church have in common?

photo from visions service[ STORY] 08.05
Away From and Toward:
Emerging Hope and the Dreaming of Dreams.

PAUL FROMONT
New Zealand


Paul reflects on leaving church, being unsettled, enlivened and on finding resonance with Alan Jamieson's A Churchless Faith.

July 2005 :

photo from visions service

[STORY] 07.05
An intuitive introverts guide to starting a church

MARK PIERSON
Urban Seed : Melbourne Australia

Mark is blogging about his expereinces of starting a new church in downtown Melbourne. Start the trail here with cold evenings, first date nerves and Ikea furniture.

[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 07.05
Love, mercy and justice

RAY WILLIAMS
Urban Discipleship Center: Baltimore, USA


Rock n roll lovin' urban disciple Ray likes his coffee bold and black with no sugar. He likes his Christianity with a heavy dose of social action...

June 2005:

STORY] 06.05
Holy rolling urban strolling
ADRIAN RILEY

HOST & Touchstone : Bradford UK

Pull on those trainers, get out that A-Z - we're going on a city centre walk with a difference. The story of how a group of students, a few alt.worship types and a chaplain or two turned a whole city onto seeing God in the everyday.

May 2005 :

[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 05.05
A tapestry vision
BOBBY VAUGHN
'Tapestry' : Grand Junction, CO, USA


".. I kind of feel like the ‘weirdo’ right now (Every Pastor I show this to raises their eyebrows and pat me on the head and tells me I’ll “mature in the Lord one of these days”)..."

March 2005 :

[STORY] 04.05
Post-missionaries
or 'walking amongst cats'

KAREN WARD
Apostles Church, Seattle USA

"at easter we throw a real party at which Christ hosts, apostles tend bar and wait tables, and where anyone off the streets is welcomed to attend."
[STORY] 01.04.05
What the chuff?

NIGE GRESLEY

Model Railway Church, Leceistershire UK

"God is driving the train, Jesus is collecting tickets and the Holy spirit is waving us off at the platform..."

February 2005:

[STORY] 03.05
Viral Church
CHRIS COCHRAN

Wallingford, Seattle, Washington, USA


"A church that: Gives away products or services; Provides for effortless transfer to others; Scales easily from small to very large; Exploits common motivations and behaviors; Utilizes existing communication networks; Takes advantage of others' resources..."


[[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 03.05
Hang the DJ!
SCOTT AUSTIN
Community Bible Church, San Antonio, Texas USA

".. the absence of instruments may inspire our most beautiful worship..." New Hampshire, USA.


 

February 2005:

[STORY] 02.05
Thrift store church
THE CROSS
Escondido : California USA


Our daily life for people of the Cross is spent at our thrift store, which I call the church of the future. Here we meet the seekers and love them into Christ. We help the hurting, feed the hungry, and clothe the needy. We truly are the church and this makes it very hard to "go" to church anymore.

[VISUAL STORY/COMPETITION] 02.05 [MEDIA : Images]
Emerging @ New Year
ARAM AVETISYAN
Armenia

Our Christmas/New Year photo competition
was won with 3 images by Aram Avetisyan that look beyond traditional decorations for signs of church amongst the Christmas kitsch. Aram wins a copy of the new emerging worship CD-Rom, 'Fractals'.

 

January 05:

[STORIES] 01.05
Creating Space for Strangers
Two stories from DAVID EVANS and KATHRYN SCHERER:

Wera, Uganda
"From Bible studies the villagers have learnt that they can and should do something to improve their own lives..."

Temple of Praise, Liverpool UK
"I couldn't believe the way they treated me. They let me into their houses, although they knew what I was like. They ignored my past, they treated me like a person..."



[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 01.05
Tom Woodward
drops by to talk about emerging multicultural opportunities in New Hampshire, USA.


 

December 04:

[STORY] 12.04
Mind, Body and Spirit
BEN EDSON

Sanctus 1 : Manchester UK

"'Your aura is all sparkly' was the first comment that I received after I had prayed with someone at Manchester's annual Mind Body Spirit fair. This is the place where spiritual searchers come to explore spirituality. Sanctus1, an emerging church in the city centre of Manchester, decided that they should also be there to offer a Christian alternative.
.."


[STORY] 12.04
A manifesto for Corporate Worship
MATT REES
home : Oxford UK


"
this is a set of values that relate specifically to our times of gathering together, as a community of faith, to express corporately our worship of our God"


November 04 :

[STORY] 11.04
The Dream story
...so far

MALCOLM CHAMBERLAIN
Dream : Liverpool UK

"Dream is a living community of people who are on a journey together of discovering Jesus Christ and growing to know him, but whose experience of church may have been more of an obstacle than help
..."

[STORY] 11.04
In the world
JIM DENISON
St Sims : UK

"They called Jesus a "glutton" because he was present at so many parties with people partying their asses off. so much so that it defined him to those on the outside. that is the kind of church that understands grace and that is positioned for credibility and impact...
" from stsims.blogspot.com

October 04 :

[STORY] 10.04
[MEDIA : Images
]
Total Worship.
The Vaux Identity

ANONYMOUS WORKERS
UK


"...creating immersive environments, where every detail would be considered. Spaces built from surface, idea, sound, word, image and woven together to create a seamless whole- A place where a flyer is no different from a Liturgy, or 35mm Slide from a prayer. All are important, all constitute the whole act of worship..."

[VISUAL STORY] 10.04
[MEDIA : Images]

Grace looks like this...
and this... and...

GRACE
London, UK


A visual journey through 10 years of Grace alternative worship.

September 04 stories:

[STORY] 09.04 [MEDIA : Photos]
Why Emerging?
HOWARD JAMESON
Dorset UK

Is working with teenagers just a matter of keeping them occupied until they're ready for 'big church'?

Howard Jameson shares his story of 'The Gathering' and why it is so much more than just a youth group - "If you are not creating an emerging Church where you are I want this story to encourage you; go on - it's not very hard to do."


[STORY] 09.04
On my dark days...
ANDREW HAMILTON
Forge : Perth Australia

In
January, Andrew told us about a lifechanging mission plan - to move with family and friends to new houses on a new estate to be church to a new community. Here he reflects on what it means to leave the tried and tested missionary approach for something more uncertain...


[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 09.04 [MEDIA : Photos]
Involved, relevant, fresh.
DARREN OWENS
HOST : Bradford UK


"a space where I can feel involved/challenged/relaxed/ far too busy for my own good/far too chilled out for my own good, basically a place where I can do my worship justice."


[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 09.04
Break out the shackles of religion
ANDY WHITE
To All Nations : Kidderminster UK


"to see every street in every village, town and city connected to, and being served by, vibrant, united and culturally relevant local churches in practical ways"


[VIRTUAL CAFE STORY] 09.04
Trying to keep things together
ANNIE BLYTH
Norwich UK


"I’m not a new recruit, but not an instigator either. Are you implying that you have to become an instigator after your new recruit phase is past? Oh dear – I’m not doing very well"

New in August 04:

[STORY] 08.04
The Birthing pains of an emerging church
GARETH WILLIAMS
Myriad : Perth,
Australia

"
I was content in my knowledge that as youth pastor of a "successful" church I was called to be there. Until God started messing with my calling. I remember having a conversation with a pastor from another church and sharing some of my frustrations. His reply was simple, "why don't you start something yourself?" I was floored. I couldn't do that. I didn't want to be the leader of something, that was too difficult..."
[STORY] 08.04
Flexibility, Creativity, Empowerment, Dreams : Legacy
PETER HILLMAN, ANTHONY ROSE, MATTHEW ROSE, ANTHONY MARSH
Legacy : Essex UK

"
It perhaps goes without saying that the main reason why we appear to be having some success among young people is our dependence upon God through being empowered by the Holy Spirit. We have tried hard not to get bogged down in programmes but, rather, have looked for ways of being creative..."

New in July 04:

Digital Glass
:
Peder Morgenthaler : USA
[07.04]

The right DNA : Mark Sayers : South Melbourne Restoration Community, Australia
[07.04]


New in June 04:

Gournet Village : Scott Coverdale : The Village : Tucosn Arizona, USA
[06.04]

Bread, wine, a towel, and a bible : Craig Morton : Friends House Network : Meridian Ohio, USA
[06.04]


New in May 04:

It is finished... : Mark Pierson : Cityside/Parallel Universe : Auckland New Zealand
[05.04]

"You found me" he said : Jamie Hoskins : Thursday Group : Canada
[05.04]

Trying to shake off a lifetime of what Church "looks" like : Aaron Hilton : California
[05.04]


New in April 04:

The Gentle Anointing Of the Spirit... : John Padwick : Mafuta Pole : Kenya
[04.04]

The Bus Stop Church on route 106 : Colin and Anita Smith : Banana : Kenya
[04.04]

Emerging Church Descends From The Clouds : Joe Kerr : ACE : New Zealand
[01.04.04]


March 04 stories:

Emerging down under : Rosemary Neave : Futurechurch : New Zealand
[03.04]


February 04 edition new stories:

In God's garden : Derek Spencer : Eden : Sussex UK
[02.04]

Building bridges in the black country : Ste Cook : Bridge Builders : West Midlands UK
[02.04]

From a 'merging church' to an emerging church : Si Johnston : Christ Church & Upton Chapel and Church.co.uk : London UK
[02.04]

The story (so far) of DNA Networks : David Beales : DNA : Colchester UK
[02.04]


January 04 edition new stories:

"Quiet Excitement" : Mark Pierson : Cityside/Parallel Universe : Auckland New Zealand
[12.03]
Ever wondered what the alternative to carols and christingles might be?

"The sheer adventure of pioneering" : Andrew Hamilton : 'Backyard Missionaries' : Brighton, Australia
Mark tells us of postcards, paddling pools and pongas in a Parallel Universe...


December edition new stories:

"Thermometer theology" : Geoff Reid : Touchstone : Bradford UK
[11.03]
Reflections from the first 14 years of 'Touchstone' - a city centre 'church without congregation'.

"The underbelly of cutting-edge church..." : Sally Morgenthaler : Denver, USA
[11.03]
The author of 'Worship Evangelism' pops in to explain "Enlightenment Re-dux" churches (we didn't know what it meant either until we read this!)

"Making new wineskins - waiting for the wine" : Simon Hall : Revive : Leeds, UK
[11.03] [MEDIA : MP3 SAMPLES]
Simon talks us through the birth and growth of a worshipping community, now on the cusp of change again.

"Seeking air " : Michael Treston : Diocese of Nelson: New Zealand
[11.03]
The Anglican Diocese of Nelson's Youth Coordinator pops into the virtual cafe.

 

November edition new stories:

"The E at the heart of emerging" : Paul Thomson : RAVEN : Edinburgh, UK
[10.03]

"I am not involved in emerging church" : Anna Dodridge
[10.03]

"Burn your bridges" : Andrew Hamilton : Backyard Missionaries : Brighton, Australia
[10.03]

"Having an open door : missional flatting" : Mark Grace : Massay, New Zealand [10.03]

"Emerging church... a personal story" : Steve Hollinghurst : The Mass : Derbyshire, UK
[10.03]

"Places of peace" : Mark Berry : GROWproject : Mursley, UK
[10.03]

"mootstory" : Ian mobsby : Moot : London, UK
[10.03]

"Becoming deeper " : Paul Fromont : SPACE : New Zealand
[10.03]

"I want some more of that!" : Jon Harris : Harvest First : UK
[10.03]

"Meeting Jesus over a latte" : Eddie Chapman : Breathing Space : Melbourne, Australia
[10.03]


Stories shared in October:

"Visions of the future" : Sue Wallace : Visions : York, UK
[09.03] [MEDIA : PHOTOS, GRAPHICS, VIDEO]
"Our story is a long one, and sometimes it scares me to see how the dates have whizzed by. Those of us who have been in Visions since the beginning have now been on this strange journey for 14 years. I find that unbelievable, and yet being here is still a constant surprise, constantly new..."

"Starting the Journey" : Ben Edson : sanctus 1 : Manchester, UK
[09.03] [MEDIA : PHOTOS, FLASH]
"Manchester City Centre is changing. There are approximately 20,000 people living in the city centre boundaries - the majority of these are young working professionals, who live work and party in the city centre. As well as this an estimated 100,000 use the city for business, socialising and shopping everyday. It is a dynamic European city centre. What does Church look like for these people?"

"Bread, fishes and beer" : Bar None : Cardiff, Wales UK
[09.03]
Bar None is a church in a pub. Chris Coffey, one of the founder members, comments. "The bar staff in the pub really want to work in the basement room we hire, on a Sunday evening. They love the atmosphere. They get involved in the discussions, and they’ve even asked for prayer. I guess that’s always been a bench mark for me. If those guys aren’t stood there cringing, hating every minute of it, when they have to be there, then that’s pretty good...

"Easter Take-away spirituality" : Steve Taylor : Graceway : Ellerslie,
New Zealand

[09.03] [MEDIA : PHOTOS]
"In New Zealand, Easter is the last holiday before winter. Many people take a break, and head off to a holiday home (called a bach). Graceway is committed to sourcing spirituality within contemporary culture. How to source spirituality, within holiday patterns, without diluting gospel and community?"

"THIRD : Transitioning church..." : Mark & Becky Barkaway : THIRD : Worthing, UK
[09.03]
[MEDIA : PHOTOS]
"THIRD is a group of people seeking a Christ-centred spirituality as an alternative church community that has emerged from within (and still remains a part of) Maybridge Community Church in Worthing, West Sussex, UK. Caught in between Brighton and Chichester, Worthing is a town with over 50 protestant churches who, predictably you may say, all use the same traditional approaches as their expressions of church in the town."

"Working out an Australian Spirituality/Christianity" : Eddie Chapman : Breathing Space : Melbourne, Australia
[09.03]
"Breathing-space is a small group of people who meet as 'church' weekly in one of our homes. While continually evolving, words like "postmodern", "alternative", "missiological" & "experimental" could begin to describe us. We meet in Mont Albert, in Melbourne's east, on Tuesday evenings to talk, think, drink coffee, & pray/worship in some form, although one week is rarely like the next."

"More than a talk show" : Sally Morgenthaler : Denver, USA
[09.03]
"Yes, the good old U.S. of A. was indeed a mission field. What a concept. I had discovered that there was a world out there, and in many ways, the Church was totally superfluous to it."

'God's secret garden' : Dave Magee: Echo, Belfast, Northern Ireland
[09.03]
Dave drops in from club culture to talk about trust and spiritual sustenance. Oh, and
caffiene.

'Love all, and worship one' : Aaron Norwood : The Bridge, Arizona, USA
[09.03]
Aaron Norwood takes time out to tell us about The Bridge - a church that is also a nightclub, community centre, food bank and coffee house.

"The Kingdom of Heaven in a cul-de-sac" : Base Communities : Duffryn, Newport, Wales UK [09.03]
"We look at the communities that we are involved in and the problems are just overwhelming. Mass unemployment, homelessness, drug addicts. What can we do about all that? It’s too big, we can’t solve the problems. If you’re not careful you finish up doing nothing at all, because it’s all just too big." It’s this type of thinking that David Sutton met, when he first moved to Duffryn

."but you're not a real Baptist church, are you?" : Graham Old : Daventry Baptist, UK
[09.03]
Graham talks to us about how being the body of Christ is
about sacrifice and 'dying' to what is comfortable for us

"Avoiding the middle class bubble" : gracelands : Cardiff, Wales UK
[09.03]
"Our services allow for different moods and different frames of mind. There’s a lot of stillness, and you can just respond to what’s going on in your own way. That’s very different to normal church. There’s no one telling you how you should be responding..."

'A real refreshing change' : Edward Green : future-shape-of-church.org
[09.03]
Ed's not just talking about our excellent beverages, but about worshipping in a place where those of no faith are as welcome as card-carrying Christians.

"Seafront discipleship" : The Red Cafe : Swansea, Wales UK
[09.03]
We interview Peter Mannion, a volunteer at the seafront Red Cafe project in Swansea

"Church is something you are, not where you go" : Matthew's House : California, USA
[09.03]
"We're not a typical church; still we are not ashamed to be called that. To us, church is a way of life - a life lived in the reality of God, in community with each other and in order to bless our world."

.'You can never go wrong with candles' : Sophie : Visions : York, UK
[09.03]
Sophie explains why church as community is so important.

"Reconnecting" : The Youth Project : Bargoed, South Wales UK
[09.03]
"The church has lost contact with young people, If you go straight up to young people that you’ve never met before, and start inviting them to church, they’re just going to think, "Well, who are you?" You’ve got to build bridges. You’ve got to try to do something positive for them. You must reconnect." How could a parish church in a poverty-stricken former mining town respond to this challenge?

 

photo from cityside stations of the cross 2004 CITYSIDE, Aukland NZ
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photo from the 2004 Stations of the Cross
photo from sanctus 1 service SANCTUS 1, MANCHESTER UK
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photo from the Sanctus 1 service 'pilgrimage'
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photo from THIRD service

photo from visions service VISIONS, YORK UK
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'this is an excerpt from a loop of busy people and city traffic. We used it in a service on world-weariness'

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'Churchianity' flyer from Ikon

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