Worship is the focus of a new section of the Guide on the Fresh Expressions website.
The Guide contains how-to-do-it advice on starting, developing and sustaining fresh expressions of church based on shared experiences. The new worship section adds a selection of worship ideas to the wide body of knowledge and expertise. Those involved in fresh expressions of church - and those wanting to find out more in any church context - can browse a wealth of content including confessions, creeds, prayers, praise and more.
Many fresh expressions do not start with worship as part of their initial set-up but many questions surround the introduction of worship when primarily serving those with no previous experience of church. What is worship? How can it be done sensitively? What are the practicalities involved? How best to explain what is happening and why?
The new section of the Guide tackles many of these issues by offering different 'ingredients' for worship in seven potential contexts or settings:
- children and their families;
- all ages together;
- 20s-30s (café-style);
- those with complex lives (including homeless);
- retired people;
- medium-sized gatherings.
The aim is that the examples and multi-sensory activities suggested will help to provide resources that can be adapted to individual contexts.