On Saturday the Abingdon Vineyard Church tried something different at Reynolds Way shops. They erected a tent to invite people to come in for a cup of tea, or a chat.
The Vineyard Church meet at Preston Road Community Centre every Sunday. You can arrive any time between 10:30 and 11 when they are sharing coffee and cakes – or fruit as a healthy option.
It is quite informal. There follows a time of modern worship songs – which seem quite calm and peaceful, and those you don’t know are quite easy to pick up by the 2nd or 3rd rendition. Then somebody shares a message, and finally people can either pray in groups, or just chat and share stories, or watch a video. Or that is what happened today. This was the 5th Sunday in the month and it sounds like the 1st-3rd Sundays are more planned, and the 4th even more informal. They want to make it welcoming to people who are not used to church.