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Vicar without a church claims worship needs to get up to date

Rev Gareth Lane, second from right, with wife Jenny, right, and their four children. Clockwise from left: Abby, 13, Josh, 14, Bethany, six, and Elly, 10

Rev Gareth Lane, second from right, with wife Jenny, right, and their four children. Clockwise from left: Abby, 13, Josh, 14, Bethany, six, and Elly, 10

A vicar who does not preach in a physical church says the unconventional arrangement is working just fine on Aylesbury’s newest housing estate.

Revd Gareth Lane, 42, started up the Church on Berryfields in January this year, and has successfully integrated himself into the community despite not having a traditional church building to worship in.

Gareth, a former curate at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Bedgrove, said: “I think the church needs to change, and become much more the heart of the community.

“We have a big online presence through Facebook, Twitter and the website, and web stats show that we’re reaching a lot of people.

“Instead of holding events and asking people to come to us, we’re more involved in the community.”

Currently, the congregation meets every week at each other’s houses to build relationships, share a meal and read the Bible – and there are no Sunday services.

Gareth – who lives in Domino Way with wife Jenny, 43, and children Josh, 14, Abby, 13, Elly, 10 and Bethany, six – said: “At present it’s quite good. We have a real energy and focus on the community.

“There are no plans for a permanent building, as once you start introducing that it becomes a drain on finance.”

The father-of-four said there are plans to set up a coffee shop run from the community suite at Berryfields CofE School in the future, plus regular family fun activity afternoons on Sundays.

For more, visit www.churchonberryfields.org.

 

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