G2 Central

G2 Central

G2 is planting a new Fresh Expression of Church called G2 Central.

 
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G2 Central will meet at Central Methodist Church, St. Saviourgate, on Sunday mornings at 10.30am starting on Sunday 10th April 2016.

Meetings will begin with brunch and include a café-style service with worship and a discussion based on a Bible passage. G2 Central will use music, discussion, prayer, media, talks, Bible readings, spoken-word and food in a community environment to help people explore faith in Jesus Christ.

The vision is to help people to discover and follow Jesus Christ - to create a community for people who are not familiar with Church or who struggle to connect with existing forms of Church.

 

The values of G2 Central are:

Honestly Spiritual: we want to help people to engage with God in lots of different ways. 

Community: we want to build a strong community and make new friends. 

Creative: we want to be creative in how we worship God and how we run our meetings.

Accessible: anyone and everyone is welcome to join our community and everyone has something to offer.


G2 Central is led by Josh & Ellie Cockayne and a small team of volunteers. All of the team are aged under 30, live and work in York and are passionate about making Church accessible to young adults in the city.  G2 Central is a plant from G2 York and part of The Belfrey.

 

Where and who are the devout people?

Where and who are the devout people?

Question 2: Where and who are the devout people?

Paul begins his trip by engaging with those people who he is most familiar with. Remember when it says in verse 17 that Paul went to the ‘Jews and the devout persons’, this would have the closest to Paul before he became a Christian. He does what anyone does, and starts with the easy option, the familiar option. You want to start planting a church in Ghana, maybe the British embassy or the expat Church is a good place to begin. What’s also important that these ‘devout’ people are those people that Paul thinks are kind of close to the truth— they believe in God, they try and worship God, he just thinks that they do it in the wrong way. They don’t look to Jesus. So this isn’t a job of changing everything in someone’s belief system, but Paul finds those that are halfway there. He looks to the familiar.

There are people that are kind of similar to this in our cities today. Sometimes these are called ‘people of peace’. People like this aren’t opposed to faith or to Jesus, they may even believe in God and be trying to figure out their spirituality. For these people to know Jesus, although it would change their lives in one respect, it wouldn’t be a total shock. Who are these people in your city? Who are the people that really want to know more about Jesus, that aren’t closed in any way to faith or the Church but just need someone to make that connection for the first time? And where is the familiar point in your city? Where do you find that you can express your faith openly without feeling afraid of what people might think?

What’s the culture of your city?

What’s the culture of your city?

Question 1: What’s the culture of your city?

The first thing we notice about Paul’s visit to Athens in Acts 17 is that he has his eyes open to what’s going on. And in a spiritual way. When I go to a city, the first thing I notice is where the nearest bars and restaurants are. Paul notices that Athens is full of idolatry. The people in this city were worshipping lots of different false Gods (verse 16). So the first point is that Paul is aware of this culture. He’s only been there very briefly but he knows what’s going on at a deeper level, what the issues are of this culture.

To engage with a city, we need to have our eyes open for what people value, what people do with their money, their spare time, what they enjoy. This might be really straightforward— this might a be a city that you’ve existed in for a long time, and the culture might be second nature to you. Or, maybe this is something you’ve never really thought about. Paul’s reaction wasn’t a positive one, he was shocked and saddened the culture of Athens. What do you think Paul would say about your city if he visited it today?

Being aware of the culture requires us to notice what happens, not to exist separately or independently. It can be very easy as a Church or a Christian community to create our own culture, to exist with our own set of values, beliefs and even language and jargon. What we miss when we do this is a real engagement with the world around us. We fail to notice what God is doing in our city and ultimately when we try to engage, we are entirely alien from the culture. So it’s important that our eyes are open to the culture of our city if we want to be people that engage with the world.

 

Six Questions for Engaging with Cultures

Six Questions for Engaging with Cultures

Six Questions for Engaging with Cultures

There are two names for this series of blogs: ‘What we can learn from failed church planting’ or ‘How does the Church exist in culture?’.

We’re going to be looking through Paul’s visit to Athens in Acts 17. I don’t know if Paul expected to plant a Church in Athens, or if he was just intending to have a flying visit whilst he waited for his friends Silas and Timothy to arrive, but I wouldn’t be surprised if at the back of his mind, Paul was thinking that he’d quite like to have got something off the ground by the time Silas and Timothy got there.

When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them scoffed, but others said, “We will hear you again about this.”
— Acts 17:32

Either way, this story doesn’t end in a Church plant, or at least, we don’t stay in Athens long enough to see the Church develop. Verse 32 tells us that the reaction to Paul was that:

  1. some scoffed
  2. others said, “We will hear you again about this.”
  3. some of them joined him

If you’re going to plant a Church, then I reckon these are three sensible options of what you can expect from people you engage with.

Scoffing, intrigue and a few people joining in. Unlike earlier passages in Acts in which thousands are added to their number, I quite like the modest addition that we are told join with Paul from Athens. So it’s not an overwhelming triumph for Paul’s Church planting movement, but it still teach us quite a lot about how Paul engaged with cultures which he was trying to plant churches in.

I quite like the modest addition that we are told join with Paul

In this series of blog, we're going to unpack this passage, look at what Paul does and then to use this as a model for us— not necessarily as church planters (although that will be helpful) but as people engaged in the church and in a culture.

For this to be helpful for you, you’ll need to think about where your city is— this might be an actual city like Athens (or York), or it may be something smaller. Like a University, or a workplace, or even a street.

These questions will help us to think about how we exist as Christians in the cities and cultures we live, work and interact with and ask what it means to be engaged here.

So pick your city ...