Costa @ 7 has take place during term time between 7-8pm on Thursday evenings for the last three years. This very accessible venue has been popular over the last couple of years hosting Christianity Explored courses and the follow up course of Discipleship Explored. Since Nov 2014 a group of people from ABC who are passionate about taking church into community and develop new ways of sharing the good news of Jesus have looked to 'doing shared lives and the opportunity to ask the big questions in a safe environment.' With an emphasis on building and strengthening relationships, this puts programmes to one side and seeks to model the Jesus of the gospels and in a very organic and incarnational way. The group seek to mirror the example of Jesus by being compassionate, inclusive, radical, real and honest and allowing people to explore what Jesus might mean to them. For those who struggle to engage with conventional church, this informal and welcoming environment is attractive. Owing to an operational change in September 2018, Costa are no longer able to offer us the venue at this time; as a result, the Missional Listening Team are exploring other options in the town that would enable us to replicate what we've enjoyed at Costa.
Out of Costa@7, 'The Gathering' has started. For those who want to discover more about what it means to be a follower of Jesus, we meet in homes and have tea together first before looking at Who Jesus is? through the eyes of John's gospel. It's still really informal and relaxed and there's loads of space to ask some really searching questions.