Imagine if church was always the first place people in the community went to when they were struggling? St Francis and St Barnabas in Marsh Green, Wigan is one of those places. A church God has placed in the centre of one of the most deprived areas in our Diocese that has embraced its location and the people in their community.
Ben and the team didn’t want Red Church to be just another Sunday gathering for young adults. They wanted Red Church to be about community and relationships.
Young adults are one of the largest demographics missing from our churches. The young adults at St Paul’s Widnes may have been small in number but they didn’t let this stop them from doing something about connecting with this missing generation.
St Hilda’s is not a big church, it’s not flashy and it doesn’t have a lot of resources but Platform 2 was started by a small group of extraordinary people who turned this vision into something that works and connects with people who weren’t previously engaging with church.
The dream is to be in a room crammed full of people celebrating what God has done and to be able to look round the room and see those we got to travel on that journey with.
The church has a calling to be the voice for the voiceless, to welcome strangers that others won’t and now it is facing a unique opportunity to live out this command on its doorstep. Sepas is already doing this and is a great example of what can happen when churches and their congregations simply say ‘welcome’.
StoryHouse is a coffee shop, micro bakery and Christian community making disciples among groups of people the church currently struggles to connect with.
In 2011 Liverpool Cathedral launched Zone2. Each week, at the same time as the traditional service a second congregation meets informally, café style, with all ages worshipping together.