Examples of Fresh Expressions

“God has built experimentation into the fabric of creation. Civilisation is the history of experiments that worked. If experimentation is a vital part of being human, should it not be part of church as well? Many fresh expressions start as experiments, and we pray that they will continue to be filled with the Spirit of creativity.”

+Graham Cray
Retired Anglican Bishop

Starting and developing a Fresh Expression is a creative process. Practitioners may have an idea of what they want to do and how, but it’s only when they take the leap of faith and try something that God begins to reveal the next steps and it’s often surprising where they lead. Most practitioners will say that the Fresh Expression they are a part of now, doesn’t look like the initial idea they started with, which is what makes Fresh Expressions so unique. Whilst one fx might be inspired by another, it will begin to form its own identity as the context and those who connect with it help shape it. 

Fresh Expressions is a movement centred around storytelling and we hope some of the stories below encourage and inspire you on your own fx journey. If you have a story of your own Fresh Expression; whether it’s one you started or one you’ve joined then do get in touch as we’d love to hear your story and share it with the movement. 

Breakfast@9 is exactly what is says on the tin. It is an authentic community that meets for breakfast at 9am every Sunday …

Gateways Christian Fellowship Gateways, which began in 2011, is a rural Fresh Expression developed within the parish of Hutton, Fishwick and Paxton …

“God doesn’t waste anything.” Lucy Moore Lucy is part of the team who founded Messy Church and has since worked as Team …

Share your Story

We love hearing about where the Spirit is moving and what people are doing. You might not think what you’re doing fits the mould but we want to hear about all the creative, out-of-the-box, and exciting things you’re all doing so get in touch!