What is it and who is it for?
The godsend app is for anyone who is starting or growing a new Christian Community, which also can be known as: a Fresh Expression, church plant, organic church, worshipping community…
The app was developed to help resource and grow Fresh Expressions.
God for All Cumbria have developed two guides to help those wanting to use the godsend app with a group of people – maybe in a locality, or around a common interest, to help explore, grow and develop new Fresh Expressions in Cumbria.
The app is not a ‘how to’ guide but rather will help you think through growing and developing new Christian Communities.
Where to find the app
On your mobile phone or tablet download the ‘godsend’ app from the app store or Google Play – it’s free! When downloaded click on the app to open it. Once you’ve opened the app there is a short introductory video to watch then you’ll need to sign yourself in as a New User and you’ll be ready to go.
How to use this app with a group
Ask the group to download the app (see above) and have an explore.
There are then several options for how to use these resources:
1. Start with the OVERVIEW booklet and worksheets exploring the OVERVIEW section of the app then move onto the TOPIC booklet.
2. Individuals work through the OVERVIEW worksheets at their own pace then meet as a group to do the TOPIC booklet.
3. Jump straight into the TOPIC booklet by-passing the OVERVIEW
When using the guides we recommend you read through the topic in advance on the app. Every topic has an ‘Action’ section and you will need to decide which bits you want to do with your group as applicable. If it’s a big topic you may choose to split it out over a number of weeks.
If reading the guides online there is a contents page with hyperlinks so that you can jump straight to the page you want. You can also print the guides if you wish – either in colour or black and white.
On a practical note, each week you will watch videos together which you can do either individually or as a group – if doing as a group you may want to use speakers so that everyone can hear.
You don’t need any special equipment (apart from your phone/tablet and speakers if applicable) but where supplies are needed these are clearly indicated in the guides.
We hope that you find this a useful resource – if you would like any further information about Fresh Expressions in Cumbria please email Emma.firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the godsend App see here.
Below are the booklets and worksheets to use with groups.
Leaders Booklet & Individual Worksheets for the OVERVIEW Section
Below is a downloadable leaders booklet and worksheets relating to the ‘Overview’ section on the godsend App. The worksheets are to be used by individuals as they prepare to work together as a group.
Overview worksheets – It is recommended that these are printed off to be completed.