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In November 2014, more than 20 Anglicans from across the Diocese met to hear the experiences of some local efforts at Fresh Expressions of Church, and begin to form a network of practitioners, mentors, dreamers and doers.
Across the Anglican world, 'Fresh Expressions' - FX - of Church are growing. Most are small; some grow larger. Some meet in pubs, cafes and community halls. Others meet by candle-light in ancient church buildings or in people's homes around a simple meal associated with the Eucharist. All flow from a desire to reach people who are not connected with existing models of church community.
FX are not aimed at bringing more people into a parish's existing congregations, groups and activities. FX aim to meet, serve and gradually have faith conversations with people who do not have a church connection at all. Gradually, the FX will become Church in its own way. It all begins with relationships.
Mission Shaped Ministry - MSM - is associated with FX. In MSM and FX, many lay people and deacons as well as some priests are innovating, outside and alongside the familiar forms of Anglican parish life. MSM courses are available in short (MSI, for Mission Shaped Intro) and extended forms (MSM). The short form will be offered in Perth in early 2015, and in association with the Uniting Church in WA a long course will also be offered later in 2015.
Perth is developing a network of people who are part of a local Fresh Expression, sharing leadership in a Fresh Expression, or exploring MSM with a view to beginning something new. If you would like to be part of this network, please contact Nic Lockwood at firstname.lastname@example.org or Elizabeth Smith at email@example.com.
For more about FX and MSM, or to download and DIY a short MSI course, go to www.freshexpressions.org.uk.