A fresh expression of church is a new gathering or network that engages mainly with people who have never been to church, or who are on the “fringe” of an existing church. Fresh expressions come all kinds of shapes and sizes but the emphasis is on starting something which is appropriate to its context.
A Fresh Expression might meet in a cafe, a school, a community centre or even skatepark. They may be gatherings for worship, prayer and learning based around a particular creative interest, accessible and understandable to a particular people group, or orientated towards a particular social need. Fresh Expressions have in common a commitment to the core elements of what makes church church – worship, prayer, engaging with scriptures and Christian teaching, particular the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and mutual support an friendship.
Fresh Expressions is an initiative of the Church of England, the Church of Scotland, The Methodist Church of Great Britain , The Salvation Army, and the United Reformed Church.
Find out more: freshexpressions.org.uk