Fresh Expressions of Church

fresh expressions

The Diocesan Growth Programme encourages growth through ‘fresh expressions’ of church and church planting. There are various kinds of church plants and “fresh expressions” (new church communities established primarily for the benefit of people who are not yet members of any church – see and you can find out more about the kinds of church plants from our Church Planting Policy.


/ Examples of Fresh Expressions

Emmanuel at Redmaids
Emmanuel is a church for people who don’t go to church. Emmanuel is the Diocese’s first Bishop’s Mission Order and meets at Red Maids School, Westbury-on-Trym, on Sunday afternoons.
Emmanuel’s website →

Crossnet is a Bristol-based Anglican Community for discipleship and mission. Crossnet’s vision is to be a community of people who love God and each other, learning to follow Jesus in every aspect of life and seeking to make him known outside the church.
Crossnet’s website →
St Barts, Parish of Bishopston & St Andrews
St Bart’s is a local parish church that is embarking on its next chapter as it is “grafted” into to enhance its mission in the community.


/ More examples of locally shaped plans for growth

Jo & Shahne Vickery discuss their experiences of commitment in small groups and the cell church model at Christ Church, Downend.


Angela Overton-Benge introduces Retail Chaplaincy in Swindon


Pauline Monaghan and Dave Myring discuss the influential growth of the RISE Trust in Chippenham.


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