In recent weeks, new church communities have launched throughout West Ohio. A ministry of Fresh Starts and New Beginnings, Fresh Expressions is an initiative to generate new experiences of church for those who are not part of a worshipping faith community.
This month, Chapters Northside in Cincinnati began in the Ohio River Valley District. Chapters Northside, a Fresh Expressions ministry of Clifton United Methodist Church, is a community that is inquiry focused, justice seeking and inclusive.
Led by Pastor Robert English, this ministry builds relationships by gathering in the basement of a local bar on Sunday evenings to share in liturgy, worship and community.
Prior to its start, Chapters welcomed all through creative worship experiences such as online porch liturgy and prayer, as well as “Beer and Hymns” events. Chapters also is community-service driven. Before the school year began, the ministry sponsored masks and school supply drives to support an elementary school in the neighborhood.
Celebrating its fourth anniversary on Sept. 19, Mosaic Church in Dayton launched a new campus at St. Andrews United Methodist Church. The event provided three opportunities for worship: inside the building, under a tent outside and virtually.
The new location was updated and equipped to reach people in the community and beyond the church walls. Before, the Mosaic congregation faithfully worshipped together in movie theatres, a high school and a recreation center.
Led by Pastors Wayne Botkin, Rosario Picaro and Lilanthi Ward, Mosaic looks forward to building a community that extends the love of Christ beyond manufactured walls.
Hope Collective Church
On Sept. 12, Hope Collective Church celebrated the launch of its new location at the Neon Theater in Dayton.
Located in the Miami Valley District, Hope demonstrates its core values that include empathy, trust, inclusion and humility. Under the leadership of Pastor Jon Morgan, Hope began as a community intentional in living out their values in various ways. Among them were hosting a Bible study titled “Multiethnic Conversations: An Eight-Week Journey Toward Unity in Your Church” and participating in Dayton Pride Celebrations.
Central City Church
Last Sunday, Central City Church celebrated their fourth year in ministry in their new location, St.’s Luke United Methodist Church in Grandview.
Led by Pastor Joe Graves, Central City worshiped in a Grandview movie theatre before moving to their new location. Central City grew disciples of Jesus Christ through worship, small groups and outreach ministry.
Birthed out of Central City is Little Bottoms Free Store, a ministry that supports mothers by providing diapers, wipes and clothing for their babies. Central City’s ministry thrives through the partnerships that include: Columbus Coalition for the Homeless, Celebrate One and Clean Turn.