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Gospel-Preaching, Jesus-Seeking, Sacramental Fresh Expressions for Camberwell?

posted 26 Oct 2014, 20:42 by Camberwell Deanery   [ updated 26 Oct 2014, 20:42 ]

Our Lay Chair has been informed by the Diocese that funds are to be made available for trail blazing Fresh Expressions initiatives in deaneries.  

"A fresh expression of church serves those outside the church, listens to people and enters their culture, makes discipleship a priority and forms church."  Fresh Expessions in the Church of England

Deaneries will be invited to make proposals for grants of up to £2,000 for new work.

The criteria for successful grants would be:

* New initiatives (not repetitions of existing activity)
* Focus on experimentation, learning and mission
* Used for people/resources (not buildings, refreshments or travel)
* Match funded
* Willingness to record, report and reflect on activity so learning is shared
* Welcomed from deaneries with plans for lay/ordained people to plan, discern or learn together

Applications will be considered until funds run out so the opportunity is offered on a first come, first served basis.

Various people have made themselves available for helping with applications, but importantly, we need to start brainstorming for ideas.  Do you have any thoughts? Ideas?  Does your church contain any budding Mr (or Ms) Wesley's, eager to reach the world?  We need to hear from such people.  Please do email deanerycamberwell@gmail.com if you can see how this initiative might bear fruit in our deanery and these will be passed to our Lay Chair.

If you'd like to read more about Fresh Expressions, there are some innovative stories on the Fresh Expressions website.  Ideas that might work in Camberwell and Peckham could include church in a pub (or perhaps church in a barbers or nail salon??), experimental services (church in the park, anyone?), punk rock and food distribution (a hip-hop project??). 

Considering Fresh Expressions as a deanery initiative acknowledges that preaching the gospel requires radical and innovative expression embedded in community in order to renew the church's heart for Jesus.  Previously, Fresh Expressions have been viewed with some suspicion if they are considered to compete with the parish model.  There's a useful discussion here about how that need not be the case.