We have discovered that when we run open youth nights we get a certain number of young people attending. I have call this our Crowd.
Some of these young people come to Christian events. I have called this crowd our Congregation
Some of those young people are Christians. I have called this crowd our Called.
We need to build on our success whilst recognising that we now have several distinct areas of work all of which fit into the Great Command and The Great Commission.
Friday night seeks to develop our relationships with young people so we can bring them into a once a month seeker service.
We also need to develop our worship, fellowship and teaching services so that young people grow in their love of Christ. Alongside the seeker service we want to develop further services that will meet these needs.
Building a Future
What we would like to do is to build a totally unique church drawing on our location in Cornwall and a number of things young people are interested in. We also want this church to be available to the community of Lerryn although we recognise that the culture we are operating in is young people.
What makes this church unique to Cornwall?
Our church will be an outdoor service, holding services outdoor unless weather prevents us!We will develop camp fire fellowship – the service will be served tea, etc from an open fire and small groups where possible will take place around a camp fire.
It will be an artistic service – we will encourage folks to paint, draw, write their worship of God.
It will be an eco service – we will run our church through off-grid technologies and be a recycling church
We have applied for funding to provide a storage container in the field. Cornwall Council and Lerryn Primary School have given permission for this and Lerryn School will use the building for storage of games equipment and school work on the field. This building will give us an ideal starting point.
We want to start an entirely new service based on the parameters above. This service will take place on Sunday at 6.00pm.
This is an experiment. I do not know whether it will work but I want to give it a go. If it works, praise God, if it doesn’t we will try something else!
We want to teach like Jesus taught – in stories.
We want to build a sense of wonder.
We want to leave no one in isolation.
Instead of rushing we want to stroll and say hi.
And finally let us remember Jesus’ ministry attracted enormous crowds.
Because the Gospel is Good News!
Let’s us gladly proclaim Jesus’ name throughout Lerryn, the shout will be felt all around.