Church For People Who Don’t Like God…

A bunch of atheist in the UK have opened a new Church for the “real” unchurched…

The Sunday Assembly may be godless, but a churchgoer who stumbled through the wrong door would find much they recognised.

The service opens with a song, led by Evans and an enthusiastic band at the front; instead of a hymn, however, it is “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen (“We’ve chosen something that allows hamming it up to the max”). The service features a reading, a moment of reflective silence, even a collection to pay for the rental of the church, during which people are invited to turn in the pews and greet those sitting beside and behind them. The plan in future is to engage members in community-based good works.

There is also a sermon, of sorts, on the day’s theme of “wonder”, which sees Dr Harry Cliff, a particle physicist from Cambridge, talking about Dirac’s equation predicting antimatter (“the most amazing theory in history”) and the enormous statistical odds against the universe existing in the first place. The congregation then stands to sing Superstition by Stevie Wonder.

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From The Inside Out…

Spiritual and Church growth happens from the inside out.

In the last few months we have put an increased emphasis on prayer at FCC and almost immediately the spiritual atmosphere of the Church was changed. We have a small group that’s get together on Sunday morning and prays for the service. The effect of them getting together and praying for the service produced an increased level of anointing during the services.

On Fridays which was supposed to be our prayer service we spent more time teaching and talking about prayer than actually praying. So this month we decided to change the direction to focusing on praying and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us on when to hit on teaching points. More prayer produced more power during our services.

So I would say in general that our services have become less scripted and since we are praying corporately more and more the anointing level has increased dramatically. There has also be an increase in the manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit.