What this site is all about

From 2006-2008, the Church on the Common, an aging evangelical anglican congregation in a village in Essex, UK, tried to turn itself into a child-friendly church.  It failed.

In September 2009 it plans to launch a fresh expression of church, particularly targeted at infant and junior aged children (ie 4s-11s)  and their families.

At the same time, Church on the Common is a vibrant, wise and gospel-centred place.   It is still aiming to grow, and is exploring ways to live up to its considerable potential.  It is not in any sense a failure!

This site is being launched in February 2009.  It aims to analyse what went wrong  with the earlier project, and give you a real-time description of our efforts to get ready for the launch of the new one while continuing to support and be excited by the ongoing life of the Church on the Common.

We hope it will be useful for pioneers and leaders of similar churches, and interesting to all those involved.  We would love people to interact with us.

On this site, all names are shortened to their initial letter, but all facts given are (to the best of the authors' knowledge) entirely true. 

Read the blog to keep up to date - the earliest posts are at the bottom of the page, so you might want to scroll down to the beginning to start.

For more information, e-mail me.