Here is a map that lays out my current thinking about the work of creating a third-space/coffee-shop/fresh-expression. Right now we are in the first red box: “Initial Networking.” We have also begun some work In the second (“Missional Listening”). The blue boxes represent strategic leadership tasks. The green represent what it is we ought be more »
Here is an example of a cafe church that is part of the St. Mark’s: Haydocks Lake & River Cell Cluster in the UK. (My, that’s a long title). This gives you a quick snapshot of a current Cafe Church in operation.
Today Charles Waterman (Rector’s Warden) and I met with a representative of a company called Environics. This company provides demographic data and related analysis for marketing purposes. They use a variety of databases including public census data and proprietary databases to generate these data sets, and provide research for companies as well as non-profits and more »
At the Annual General Meeting of the church (Called the “Vestry” Meeting), I announced plans to start developing a project to create a “third space” at Messiah that would create the space for a “Fresh Expression” of Church. We thought it might be helpful to decode some of this jargon. Fresh Expression: n. A fresh more »
The Annual Vestry Meeting of the church is a chance to gather as a community and talk about the work we are doing together at Messiah. We receive reports, approve budgets, and otherwise do the “work of our work.” Below is the actual Vestry Report from our meeting. You can see that I make an more »
The Easter Vigil In the darkness a new light is kindled–literally. Having come together at 9pm on March 30th, our community gathers around the priest in darkness as a flint is struck and kindling lights. By the light of this fire a candle is blessed and lit. Then others are also lit as we tell more »
Many people come to Church twice a year: Christmas and Easter. This is understandable, since they represent the two highlights of the church year–the celebrations of the birth and death/resurrection of Jesus. But if most people were forced to choose between them, they would probably go Christmas with its cheerful hymns, cozy traditions, and family more »
We invite you to observe a Holy Lent at Church of The Messiah. This season–which marks the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter–gives us a chance to pause in our busy lives and reflect. It’s a time when many have traditionally taken on disciplines to help them become better people as we prepare to celebrate more »