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 www.freshexpressions.org.uk) 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.
Press play and skip forward a few minutes to view a short video on the Emmanuel church
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.