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Love, honesty, action

date OCTOBER 10
date Fred Shope (South Carolina)

Hi, welcome to our virtual coffee shop. Pull up a chair, take the load of your feet. Let's chat. So who are you, where you from, what do you do in life?I’m Fred Shope, from Rock Hill, South Carolina. I’m a middle school teacher’s assistant and an elder in a church that is struggling to transition into the 21st century. Can I get you a drink? Cappucino, earl grey, dandelion and burdock, pale ale?Since it’s 10:30 in the morning here, I think I’ll go with a cappuccino. Would you like a doughnut or pastry to go with that?A doughnut sounds…

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Have you been to church lately?

date OCTOBER 10
date Ash (Cape Town, South Africa)

Hi, my name’s Ashley and if church is that place with a steeple or a big carved pulpit then no…I haven’t been to church lately. On the contrary, I see church as less of a place to go to than it is something to be. Church isn’t necessarily all about stained glass windows, a “worship” team and shiny polished wooden pews for me. They call me post-modern, emergent and a bunch of other things…but I’m just an ordinary Christian, a ragamuffin saved by God’s grace, displayed through his Son Jesus Christ. I’ve had a storm of people challenge me with…

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Urban Nights – Church on the streets

date OCTOBER 10
date Richard James (Urban Nights, Kingston UK)

The Urban Nights projects started in October 2004 when Oxygen workers and members of Christchurch New Malden responded to the situation where gangs of young people were hanging around using the small garden at the side of the church in an evening. These young people were the troublesome local young people, known for graffiti and anti social behaviour. However rather than seeing their presence as a problem some of the workers saw it is an opportunity to get to know the young people, thus urban nights was born. Urban nights is simple, a team of workers sit outside the church…

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