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.

  • Llan is an embryonic, new monastic community, meeting at The Gate in Cardiff. James Karran tells how its identity has been developing.

    Thursday, 30 May, 2013
  • The Ark @ Crawcrook is a church, café and soft play centre near Gateshead. Tracey Hume and Paul Saunders explain the concept.

    Monday, 20 May, 2013
  • d-church, a multimedia fresh expression of church, started in December 2011 and has grown beyond all expectations. Elaine Lindridge explains more.

    Tuesday, 14 May, 2013
  • Elaine Watkinson was involved in the ministry of the Side Door in Grimsby for 12 years and continues to volunteer there.

    Tuesday, 7 May, 2013
  • Elaine Watkinson explains how, with the aid of a caravan, she is pioneering the Quest-ion? youth project.

    Tuesday, 7 May, 2013
  • Hayley Matthews, chaplain for MediaCityUK at Salford Quays, has been appointed Rector of Holy Innocents, Fallowfield. She updates the story of The Anchor.

    Monday, 29 April, 2013
  • Plans for a cafechurch came about through Churches Together in Heathfield and District, East Sussex.

    Monday, 22 April, 2013
  • Tim Nash, a VentureFX pioneer minister, has been developing a community called Garden-City with his wife Hannah, for the past 18 months.

    Monday, 22 April, 2013
  • Katharine Crowsley tells how a 'mixing bowl of prayer' has helped to develop Cook@Chapel.

    Monday, 15 April, 2013
  • Mick McTighe updates the story of Grafted, a Church Army project in the Scottish Borders linked with Refresh Community church.

    Monday, 8 April, 2013