When Rt. Rev. Jay Magness visited Emmanuel recently, he spoke to the Adult Forum class about Fresh Expressions, “an international movement of missionary disciples cultivating new kinds of church alongside existing congregations to more effectively engage our growing post-Christian society.” Fresh Expressions is a new energy behind an old way of spreading the Good News. From the Fresh Expressions US website: “Around the world, Christians are stepping out in faith and beginning fresh expressions of church, new or different forms of church for a changing culture. Each fresh expression of church is unique, and designed for their particular context. They can be rural or suburban, in public spaces, housing projects and college dormitories. Some are aimed at specific groups, ranging from “Messy Church” for families with children to “Amore Groups” led by married couples. There is biker church, cowboy church, church for artists, church at or after work; the sky’s the limit. Each is an adventure in bringing the power of the Gospel to people who might never experience Christian community and the transformational and self-giving love of Jesus.”
Rev. Carter Sinclair will be leading our weekend as we wrestle with what this could look like for Emmanuel and the Kempsville Community. It will be a great opportunity to stretch our comfort zone and think outside the box! The cost will be $20 per person and includes lunch Saturday. A block of rooms is reserved at Days Inn, Orville & Wilbur Wright in Kill Devil Hills (252-441-7211). There are other hotels closer to the church (All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Southern Shores), including the Hilton. Both provide breakfast. The program begins at 7pm Friday and wraps up before dinner on Saturday, so if you’re not ready to come home, stay one more night! Registration forms are in the parish hall and questions can be directed to Melissa Thomas.