New Era, New Church?: A handbook for Churches

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A lively and thought-provoking book on the churches initiative on the year 2000 interspersed with practical help and ideas to help the Church face up to a new era.

Boring, out-of-date and irrelevant? Or do churches have a place in the new Millennium?

On 2nd January 2000 the Queen will be attending church as part of a nationwide initiative to encourage people to give church a chance at the start of the new millennium. Thousands of local churches will open their doors and make a manifesto commitment which will include the following:

The place will be warm
Your children will be looked after
The sermon will be relevant
You won’t be made to look stupid
The service will be intelligible
There will be good coffee afterwards
You will be given a chance to think about God

This book will prepare for this initiative and the Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey, and Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Basil Hume will both contribute practical ideas and ways for churches to implement The Churches Manifesto for a New Millennium.

Everything a church will need, from whatever tradition or denomination, to be ready for the big day. Advice, tips, check lists and addresses will be included along with lots of encouragement and support.

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INCLUDING CONTRIBUTIONS BY ARCHBISHOP GEORGE CAREY AND CARDINAL BASIL HUME.

On 2nd January 2000 The Queen will lead the Commonwealth in attending church to herald the new millennium. Millions are expected to join her. But is the church ready for the future?

' New Era, New Church?' gives practical advice about how local churches can fulfil the ten pledges of the new millennium challenge to the churches.

• We will make you welcome
• We will be family-friendly
• We will make sure you can hear clearly
• We will be practical and relevant
• We will help you explore answers to your deepest questions
• We will offer you time to stop and think in a busy life
• We will help you make sense of the Bible and who Jesus is
• We will make sure your visit will be helpful but challenging
• We will help you discover for yourself God’s love, acceptance and forgiveness
• We will offer you the chance to make a new start

With 'New Era, New Church?' more churches than ever can be ready for the millennium.

A broadcaster and church minister Steve Chalke is the originator of the millennium challenge to the churches. Sue Radford is the project Director of Fanfare for a New Generation which is supporting the challenge.

About the Author:

Rev Steve Chalke is a Baptist minister but is better known as the ‘raunchy rev’ on GMTV. He presents Songs of Praise and First Light for the BBC and has written several books including More than Meets the Eye. He is also the National Director of the Oasis Trust and The Big Take Trust which have raised nearly ten million for good causes around the world.

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