Join us at Cloverley Hall retreat centre for a weekend of festivities as we look back at the past 20 years of Urban Expression – celebrating everything that makes us ‘UE’, and dreaming big about where we might go next!
There will be loads going on throughout the weekend, including:
– Open Mic Night
– Hidden Stations
– Creative Activities
– Children’s Programme
– Plus lots of opportunities to catch up and share!
10.00am Arrive and check in
10.30am All age worship
11.00am World Cafe – PAST
On Saturday morning we will hear from former Urban Expression teams, using our 3 values, Relationship, Humility and Creativity to explore where we have come from, and how we got to where we are today!
2.00pm Workshops (part 1) – PRESENT
Seven sessions led by current teams who can help us learn more about our commitments and the many different ways in which we do Mission within Urban Expression.
- Following God on the margins and in the gaps.
- Being Jesus-centred in our view of the Bible, mission and discipleship.
- Seeking God’s kingdom in deprived areas by planting churches and working in partnership
3.30pm Workshops (part 2) – PRESENT
- Vision of justice, peace and human flourishing for areas of deprivation.
- Uncluttered church, focused on mission, rooted in local culture.
- Unconditional service, prioritising the poor and being a voice for the voiceless.
- Respecting and building relationship with other faith communities, averse to all forms of manipulation or erosion of liberty.
5.00pm Open Mic Night & Dinner
9.00am Morning Worship
10.00am Dreaming about the future of UE – where is Urban Expression going? – FUTURE
Community Weekend – Who is my neighbour?
10.00 – 11.00 Arrivals/Refreshments
11.00 – 12.00 Mission in Marginal Places
12.00 – 1.00 Discussion
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch
2.00 – 3.30 WORKSHOPS:
- Refugee Voices
- “Sandbanksy” Labyrinth
- Good Samaritan Craft – All ages
3.30 – 5.00 WORKSHOPS
- Juliet and the Jungle
- “A Marginal Expression” – UE in non-urban situations
- World Cafe – UE in urban situations
- Storytelling – All ages
5.00 – 6.00 Free time OR Website & Basecamp tutorial
6.00 – 7.00 Dinner
7.00 – 9.00 Concert – John Froud
All Day: Prayer Room
7.45 – 9.15 Breakfast
9.30 – 10.30 All age worship
10.30 – 12 00 Treasure hunt
12.00 Lunch Bristol Pear
There will be a creche provided for under 5s.
Children’s programme for 5-12 year olds will be run by CURBS.
This year we want to encourage youth to participate in the sessions and share their views and feelings. However, there will be some youth sessions, between 11.00-1.00 and 5.00-6.00, and there will be a hang out space for over 12s available all day.
We are pleased to announce that this year’s Community Weekend is called:
Who is my neighbour?
We will be looking at answers to this question on a Global, National, Local and Personal scale. There will be music from John Froud, input from Refugee Voices, and a special appearance by ‘Sandbanksy’. There will also be a children’s programme, run by CURBs, and youth activities.
Join us at IMC, Birmingham on Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th October 2016
Community Weekend Tickets
Welcome to Urban Expression’s new website! Updated content, new features, and hopefully easier to read and navigate.
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This year’s Community Weekend “Feast of Fools”, was held Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 October 2015 at IMC in Birmingham, and was a massive success.
Thank you all so much for coming and sharing your stories (and your desserts!). As always, it was a great opportunity to meet together, chat, eat and have our thinking stretched.
A massive thank you to Alex Ellish for all her hard work in putting together the programme, and Rachel Jay for her tireless work ensuring everything ran smoothly.
Out next Community Weekend will be 15-16 October 2016. If you’re not involved with Urban Expression at all, but would like to know a bit more about us, this is the perfect place to come and learn more. It’s laid back and friendly, but full of opportunities to learn from and share with one another.