Church As The ‘Local’

Churches are getting better at coffee. We’re a long way from seeing the end of International Roast at the end of a service but more and more churches have made the switch to coffee machines and offering hospitality (at least in terms of coffee) on a par with anywhere else in the local community. But are church cafés merely a convenience for believers to be able to enjoy a brewed coffee (more…)

Mission in grief

Christmas is almost upon us. The coloured lights are going up, the family gatherings are being planned, and the letterboxes are filling up with junk mail enticing us to overcrowded malls. Christmas is a wonderful Christian festival and most churches ramp-up for its celebration. It’s a great opportunity to be present in the community and declare the real reason for the season. But for many people in our neighbourhoods, Christmas this year will be tough. For these people, there is no joyful anticipation, only dread and sadness. It won’t be the whole family this year. Someone is missing. (more…)