A new Springtime Fresh Expression has been launched in the Church of England. The Living Water Closet is a church plant which has breathed a breath of fresh air into a disused public convenience building, after numbers at a local church began to sink. A representative from the Diocese said, “Church leaders were beginning to feel the strain before the discovery of this unusual facility. Members decided to take the plunge, and things have flowed from there.”
The chain of events which followed has delighted the local community. Mrs Courtney-Brown, 82, said, “We are just so relieved. Not only does it make use of a very old and treasured building, but there are so many new ideas which will encourage people to keep going and going and going.”
The old turn-style system of entry has been replaced by a modern welcome team. The 20p payment system has been replaced with chip and pin devices, whereby generous giving can be encouraged and Gift Aid claimed on donations.
Of course access to facilities are not a problem at Living WC. “We have water on tap for baptisms, and the hand driers are really useful in our creative worship, representing the movement of the Holy Spirit.”
Serious preaching is at the heart of worship at the Living WC, with sermons being described by one member of the church as “soft, strong and very, very long”.
The Fresh Expressions Officer for the Diocese said, “We are bursting with excitement about this new community and hope that it will be flushed with success. We hope that this will really lift the lid on creative opportunities for evangelism in the town.
There are piles of new initiatives like this waiting to overflow into the life of the church – we are on a roll. It’s just the idea that will keep people engaged.”
Plans to develop The Living WC are currently in the pipeline and a new minister is being sought – so far there is a trickle of interest. Meanwhile a unique site for a new Living WC has come on the market (see photos) generating even more enthusiasm for this splendid project.
Thank you to our own correspondent for sending us this contribution. 1st April 2018