Linda Rayner, the URC’s new national coordinator for Fresh Expressions, began her new role on 1 September and has already started her first major task – mapping all of the denomination’s existing fresh expressions of church.
Linda says: “Lots of URC congregations are at the forefront of mission in their local communities, but up until now, no-one has actually drawn up a map or made a list to show what everyone is doing. Having a “big picture” view of the new ways the URC is doing church will mean we can share ideas around the denomination and pass on experience to other churches as they think about local mission too.”
Many URC churches are already doing extremely creative work, sharing the love of Jesus with people who have no interest in traditional church. If your congregation has introduced imaginative, new-style worship, whether it’s messy church, café church, walking church, late-night drop-ins for night-clubbers, or anything that’s not a traditional form of church, Linda would love to hear about it.
She concludes: “I encourage everyone to have a look at the Fresh Expressions website, particularly http://freshexpressions.org.uk/stories where you can see what other churches are doing. There are not many URCs on this site yet – and I know you’re out there – so let’s make sure everyone is included!