After almost 150 years as a Baptist church—and having spent a year reflecting on Urban Expression’s values—Openshaw Baptist Tabernacle decided to set up a UE team to work alongside the church in its re-invention of Christian Presence in the city.

The team is led by Tim Presswood and Clare McBeath and works in partnership with a number of other agencies and groups to deliver a variety of projects. Most notable of these are:

Living Well -a weekly healthy-living drop-in run in partnership with the local SureStart centre, offering fruit juices, smoothies and healthy eating advice, alongside complementary therapies and a collection for the local credit union.

Stories and Songs -a monthly multicultural session, again in the SureStart centre, telling faith stories from around the world using storytelling techniques designed to open up the stories, particularly to pre-school children to help them to understand and celebrate their faith and culture.

UE Openshaw are also developing plans for a major new “eco-arts-spirituality and healing” centre which may or may not be a church!