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Contacting LEAF Churches

Two churches have so far completed the LEAF journey and they’ve learned a lot along the way. Their plans included website training, Messy Church training, hospitality and finding out about communion and safe-guarding. However, each church has chosen subjects that they feel they can now resource other churches in.

You might like to contact them to ask questions. If you are in their area you might want to visit them or invite them to come and share their story at your fellowship.

NEWARK: SETTING UP A COMMUNITY CHOIR
Newark has a remarkable story of establishing a choir from scratch.

Newark Just Sing!
Just Sing! Flash Mob

Loddiswell's Sunday Club!
Loddiswell's Sunday Club!

The congregation had very few musicians and no one who could lead a choir but it still felt that spiritually the time was right. Their heart was to create a meeting place for people from the community using the joy of singing together. Two taster sessions were run by colleagues in the Congregational Federation who had musical ability and the events were heavily publicised. No one was sure who would come. 40 people came to the first session. It was clear that there was an appetite for this venture. At the second session Peter Higgins, a local music teacher, said he felt called to lead the choir forwards. The church felt that he was a gift from God. What followed was a steep learning curve in writing volunteer agreements and a constitution. The choir has now 140 people on its email list, has performed in the church and conducted a flash mob in the town centre.

If you want to find out more contact Newark’s LEAF contact Mark Taylor.

LODDISWELL: PASTORAL CARE AND CAFÉ CHURCH
Loddiswell used LEAF as they entered a period of interregnum and it has proved helpful. As they re-structured the leadership they realised the need for a pastoral team. However, they had never elected people before so they had to learn about discernment and congregational principles along the way. The pastoral team have had listening training and try to care for the village as well as the congregation. One of the things they’ve developed is a system so that everyone in the fellowship can pray and be prayed for. You can download the form they used.

Over this time the church also wanted to develop its worship to something that might be more family-friendly. They had a session on Café Church led by Adrian Wyatt and Suzanne Nockels and thought through the implications. They also receive lots of resources and useful websites to explore. They have now created an act of worship that is led by different members of the congregation. It is also growing fast. Latest discussions have been about building in extra capacity. You can download service material that Loddiswell put together for one of its Café Church services .

If you want to find out more contact Loddiswell’s LEAF contact Steve Dawes.