Stories

Real life, real people, real stories.

There are no experts when it comes to starting and sustaining fresh expressions of church - no one has really been doing it long enough to claim to know it all. But we can learn from one another and so as you explore these stories, look for principles and values rather than simply models to take off the shelf and follow.

Of course, if you are involved in a fresh expression of church with the deliberate intention of starting a new congregation for those normally well off the radar of conventional church, let us know! Submit your story using the link to the right. 

Don't forget the power of a good story - Jesus didn't.

  • Andy Poultney updates the story of Deeper Network Church, a church on the street amongst pubbers and clubbers in Romford.

    Monday, 8 December, 2014
  • Andrew Dunlop is the pioneer community vicar at Berrywood Church, Northampton. He tells how the fresh expression of church has developed in the past four years.

    Tuesday, 25 November, 2014
  • Frances Shoesmith shares how church in a farmers' market is changing people's lives in Walthamstow.

    Friday, 14 November, 2014
  • John Beales explains how East Worthing Café Church became East - West Café Church after setting up another Sussex 'home'.

    Monday, 10 November, 2014
  • Pioneer Minister Nik Stevenson, and his wife Shelly, are based in Oakley Vale, near Corby. Nik tells how 'St Benny's' has developed.

    Monday, 3 November, 2014
  • Sam Foster outlines a strategy for fresh expressions of church in a Church of England deanery.

    Tuesday, 28 October, 2014
  • Richard Seel and Alison Ball update the story of Xpressions Café, a fresh expression of church bringing together a rural community in Norfolk.

    Tuesday, 14 October, 2014
  • Deacon Tracey Hume works alongside Rev Liz Kent in The Ark church, soft play centre and café in the village of Crawcrook. She updates the story so far.

    Monday, 6 October, 2014
  • Phil Smith describes the growth of the Men's Shed movement in Australia.

    Monday, 29 September, 2014
  • Jules Middleton updates the story of The Point Church in Burgess Hill and their new Church in a Pub.

    Monday, 22 September, 2014