Fresh Expressions on a snowy day!
REGINA –About 30 people from several church families came together to learn about Fresh Expressions at All Saints Church, Regina, on a snowy day in late February. Led by Fresh Expressions Canada Team Leader, Nick Brotherwood, and local Lutheran Pastor, Carla Blakley, the Fresh Expressions Vision Day participants considered new ways of being church and heard about some existing local initiatives.
One of the most interesting exercises was a series of group discussions to develop a character based on a drawing of a person. Group members then discussed what such a person’s needs might be, how the Christian community might be involved in responding to those needs and whether the character envisioned might be comfortable in our churches.
One of the local initiatives looked at was the successful Pub Church started by St. James the Apostle Anglican Church in Regina. One of the lessons learned by St. James was that success doesn’t always look the way you expect it to look. Although Pub Church has attracted several regulars and semi-regulars who don’t usually attend church, they mostly don’t fit the 20 to 40 demographic that planners had assumed was the target.
The day ended with a blessing from Bishop Greg Kerr-Wilson of the Anglican Diocese of Qu’Appelle, the sponsor of the event.
And despite an incoming storm, everyone made it home safely!