A Fresh Expression of church is a new gathering or network that engages mainly with people who have never been to church. There is no single model, but the emphasis is on starting something which is appropriate to its context, rather than cloning something that has worked elsewhere.
Fresh Expressions in Cumbria come in all shapes and sizes, from cafe style churches to church in the fells, all faithfully connecting people together to explore faith. We run several third space Fresh Expressions that are more playful. Often they are countywide, or resource local initiatives to spring up e.g. Mountain Pilgrims. Many local Mission Communities also run Fresh Expression of church in their local context.
Broadly speaking Fresh Expressions are either geographically based i.e. working in a local village or area, or interest orientated, working across an area with a people who share a common identity. Often they can be a bit of both!
There are four marks of what makes a Fresh Expression of church, they are:
Contextual – they listen to people and enter their context
Missional – they serve those outside of the church
Formational – they make discipleship a priority: journeying with people to Jesus
Ecclesial – they are and form new sorts of church communities
You can find out more about Fresh Expressions in Cumbria by downloading the FX booklet on the right.
#FXCUMBRIA 2018 – Fresh Expressions Conference
After the success of last year’s first #FXCumbria conference we bring you our new offering for 2018; an immersive and experiential Fresh Expressions event in Cumbria where you’ll hear from both local and national voices on all things Fresh Expressions.
The event consists of a Day conference on Saturday 10th November 2018, running from 10am – 4.30pm followed by an optional pioneer evening shindig from 5.30pm – 9pm and the chance to join a Mountain Pilgrims walk in Newlands Valley on the Sunday. To find out more and to book, click on the #FXCUMBRIA 2018 link on the right.