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Archbishop’s Focus On Fresh Expressions

Tim Sanderson from Holy Trinity Jesmond Speaking at the Fresh Expressions Learning Day

Thursday 9th April 2015

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu opened Bishopthorpe Palace before Easter for a Fresh Expressions Learning Day for parishes in the North of England.


Speaking on the day, the Archbishop said: “Fresh expressions of Church ministry put Jesus Christ at the centre of our planning and it’s all about new life.  The good news is God’s grace and generosity is infectious. We must be open to the Holy Spirit who allows transformations to happen!”

The Revd Malcolm Macnaughton, Chief of Staff at Bishopthorpe, said: “It was wonderful to hear from church leaders who brought with them such a variety of experiences of fresh expressions in Church and how this is building up followers of Jesus Christ”.

Canon Phil Potter, the leader of the national Fresh Expressions Team said: “Evangelism has become a much more natural and organic process, as people are grafted in these areas.  We talked about different ways of serving and showing love in communities and also about setting responsible boundaries.  The testimonies and transformations shared were amazing!”

Gareth Robinson from ‘Glo Church’ Stockport spoke about how they began with play equipment and baby clothes recycling exchange in his garage and how this led to growing a community in Christian faith; Diane Kershaw and Toby Bassford – both Mission Priests in Sheffield spoke of the need to  be intentional about the allocation of resources and time;  Andy Milne from ‘Sorted’ in Bradford talked about the long, patient journey of growing young people’s faith, and mentoring and developing Youth Workers; Tim Sanderson from Holy Trinity Jesmond revealed just how messy Messy Church can be - but also, using the ‘Gray Scale’ to plot spiritual growth, how it helps to encourage a spirit of openness and faith development. Sam Foster, from the Scarborough Deanery, shared her heart and soul for the community of Eastfield and spoke about the process of setting up the Westway Open Arms drop-ins.  The University of Cumbria’s Chaplaincy team shared insights of growing faith in higher education and the importance of a one to one encounter to encourage individuals to find faith.

To find out more, watch this video:

A further report of the day will be available on this website shortly.



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