Roundup: New forms of church, youth and faith, inclusive church
The Methodist Church is encouraged by the growth of new forms of church, especially those under the banners of Venture FX and Fresh Expressions. Recent statistics show that over 40,000 people attend some form of fresh expression church at least monthly. Fresh Expressions, a joint venture with the Church of England, also works alongside a large number of Christian organisations, denominations and streams – both in the UK and overseas.
Poverty, ethical living, sexuality, and dating non-Christians and are among the issues young Methodists want to talk about, the Methodist Conference heard today. The Conference also heard that a number of nine-to-13-year-old Methodists were coping with problems such as bullying and feeling embarrassed about being Christian.
The parish church opens up the jollof rice and communal wafers to all comers, shouldn’t we do the same with the marriage feast?