What is a Fresh Expression? 

“A form of church primarily for the unchurched"

A Fresh Expression of church is a new gathering mainly for the benefit of people who are not yet members of any church.

Fresh expressions:serve those outside the church; listen to people and enter their culture; make discipleship a priority and form church.

Fresh expressions are not better than the existing church. They complement it and happen alongside it. Existing churches may connect with people on their fringe, while many fresh expressions serve people well beyond the fringe.

Most Anglican fresh expressions of church are part of parish ministry and accountable to local clergy.
There are many Fresh Expressions of Church in our diocese and more evolving. Examples include:

Saturday Gathering HalifaxSaturday Gathering in Halifax.
A Fresh Expression of Church grown from a foodbank.
Read their story here.


Fun-Key Church RichmondFun-Key Church in Richmond.
A congregation established with the needs of young families in mind.
Visit their website here.


Llighthouse St George's LeedsLighthouse West Yorkshire at St George's Crypt in Leeds.
A congregation emerging for homeless and vulnerable people.
Lighthouse West Yorkshire Website. Email: hello@lighthousewestyorkshire.org.uk


Across in the Wood, GrintonAcross in the Wood in Grinton, Swaledale.
The church discovered that locals connected well with looking after the environment around the church building.
Read more here.


Sorted Skattboarders

Sorted in North Bradford.
A church which started with skateboarding and just kept going.
Read more herehere and here
Listen to a short video telling the story of Sorted 1, 2 and 3.


Fresh Expressions meet in cafes, pubs, forests, community centres, schools or church halls. Some, like Messy Church or Sweaty Church use “off the peg” resources. Find out more on the Fresh Expressions website including The Guide, how-to-do-it advice on starting, developing and sustaining a fresh expressions of church.
In West Yorkshire and the Dales, Fresh Expressions, Messy Church and parish churches are working together for growth. 

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Learn more...

Mission Shaped earning Community imageThe  2017 Mission Shaped Ministry Learning Community is now open for new members! 10 dates in the diary over one year. Learning hubs in Ripon, Clayton, Bradford and Boston Spa (just off the A1). Contact Karin Shaw - 07807 128 399 - for more information.Programme outline available here.


Mission Shaped Ministry logoMission Shaped Learning Community
For clergy and lay currently overseeing a fresh expression of church or hoping to set one up. Running locally since 2009, this year long course features a host of experienced local and national practitioners. Grants of £200 pp now available to people from each episcopal area. Contact: Karin Shaw  01423 500087.

Mission Shaped Intro logoMission Shaped Intro is a six week starter course to help churches to think and act missionally. It helps people to reconnect with the communities they are called to serve and to re-imagine the forms of church that are needed for the 21st century. It is free to download here. Contact Karin Shaw below for support or if you are interested in our own MSi-in-a-Day.

Essential Fresh Expressions logoEssential Fresh Expressions - Seven ‘3 minute guides’ to fresh expressions. What they are, why they’re important , how to start, how to make and mature disciples and how to reproduce and evaluate. Read them here.



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Karin Shaw Karin Shaw
Fresh Expressions of Church Adviser
Leed & Ripon Areas
01423 500087
Revd Colin Blake
Revd Colin Blake
Vicar, St Cuthbert's, Wrose
Messy Church Regional Co-ordinator
Diocese of Leeds
01274 613555
Robin Gamble
Bishop's Adviser for Church Growth
Diocese of Leeds
01274 419754

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Useful Links

National Fresh Expressions website with conversations, blogs and resources.
Growing your Church Microsite  
CafeChurch Network



The Fresh Expressions Fund gives grants up to £3000 for FXCs in the Ripon &Leeds Episcopal Areas until September 2015.
For details and criteria contact Karin Shaw.