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Author: StMargaretsReydon
Published: 30/03/2016


FEAST is based on the concept of offering a good meal with starter, main course and dessert. After a light breakfast in the church room next to the main building everyone is invited into the church for the worship service.


The Starter: comprised of a brief introduction to the theme based on journeys, which in this case was the journey of the Good Samaritan, and is presented in an open and accessible way.

The Main Course: This is perhaps the most innovative, offering a choice of "ingredients" to consider the passage in more detail in a variety of means. The alternatives were a creative collage, a modernised dramatization, looking for news stories on the theme of loving your neighbour, a toddler table or a more in-depth Bible Study.

The Dessert: includes a brief report from each "ingredient" of the main course which broadened the application of the main theme. Prayers were said, notices given and a final song concluded the service.


Whilst FEAST may not attract the completely unchurched it is a good example of ‘doing Parish Church well’ for those with some prior experience of church and those requesting baptism for their children or holding their wedding in the church.

Rich Henderson comments ‘the main outcomes have been a broader church that is accessible to all ages so people feel they belong.’ He continued ‘The wider Church knew that it was a risk but they now speak positively about the difference it has made to the whole church’. FEAST clearly has the potential to grow and develop further and the principles could be adapted by other congregation in their contexts.

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