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.

Below, you'll find our latest stories and updates, or you can view an alphabetical list of all of our stories.

If you are involved in a fresh expression of church we haven't featured, let us know! Send us your story and we'll be in touch for more information.

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

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This story illustrates the principles of The OUT dimension of church in the Guide.

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01/06/2009

Sunningdale is a community of 108 self-contained, warden-assisted flats all occupied by elderly people. Lesley Bailey, a lay-reader at Christchurch, with four others began church services here eighteen months ago.

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01/06/2009

If the doors of the imposing Grade II listed Easton Methodist Church were kept closed, passers-by on the local high street would miss all that goes on inside throughout the week.

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01/06/2009

This story illustrates the principles of The OUT dimension of church in the Guide.

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01/06/2009

The Community of Aidan and Hilda is an internationally dispersed community of Christians following a Way of Life and a Rule of Prayer.

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01/06/2009

When Matt Finch became co-minister of ten Norfolk Methodist chapels in 2002, he inherited a fortnightly Bible study among the largely elderly congregation of Feltwell Chapel.

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01/06/2009

This story illustrates the principles of The UP dimension of church in the Guide.

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01/06/2009

St Thomas the Apostle, Groombridge - an Anglican church on the Sussex/Kent border - would describe itself as 'a Eucharistic parish', says minister Tony Fiddian-Green.

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01/06/2009

This story illustrates the principles of The UP dimension of church in the Guide.

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01/06/2009

Robert Harrison, vicar of St John's Hillingdon, and teams of people from the church have spent over a year planning for an innovative way of doing Sunday mornings.

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01/06/2009