Xpressions Café was conceived in the summer of 2007 and launched in December of that year. The story of its birth can be found here. Briefly, it is a form of liquid café church which meets on the first Sunday of each month in the village of Chedgrave in Norfolk from 09:30 to 12:00. Xpressions Café takes place in both the medieval church of All Saints and also in the Church Centre, which is built onto the church.
There are three zones, which operate simultaneously throughout the morning: Xpresso, a café offering extravagant hospitality with unlimited free tea and coffee, cakes and Sunday papers; Xpressions, which focuses on family-oriented activity and worship and Xplore, which tries to explore aspects of faith in a way which will connect with the nonchurched. (We also occasionally experiment with Xperience, which offers a contemplative approach to the months theme.) People come and go as they please.
In August 2009 we made a movie, which gives a flavour of how Xpressions Café works (this was shot before we introduced the Xperience zone).
As we approached our second birthday I wrote three papers which attempted to take stock of where we had got to and where we needed to be heading. I offer them here, in html and pdf, in the hope that they might of of wider interest:
Xpressions CaféLooking Forward. Part One: Foundations [pdf]
Xpressions CaféLooking Forward. Part Two: Discipleship [pdf]
Xpressions CaféLooking Forward. Part Three: Practice [pdf]