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New style church for Harrogate
Revd Mark Carey, centre, with members of ‘Outnumbered’ meeting at the local Wetherspoons pub for Sunday morning brunch.
Kairos is a new kind of church for the Harrogate area

A church that has no traditional parish links has been launched in Harrogate.

Kairos church replaces the redundant St Mary's in Low Harrogate and worship now takes place in homes, pubs, cafes and even outdoors.

It is one of the first Anglican churches in England to operate as a 'network' church.

The new style of church community was launched with the support of the Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, the Right Reverend John Packer.

Kairos church will be led by parish priest turned 'pioneer minister', the Revd Mark Carey, he says:

"The decision to declare St Mary's church building redundant, has opened up a new approach and new mission opportunities. For Kairos Church this means becoming a new kind of church in the Church of England."

St Mary's, Harrogate was declared redundant after building problems and safety fears.
Kairos replaces a redundant parish church in Harrogate

Challenging approach

Mark Carey acknowledges that that it's a new and challenging approach, especially for the Church of England.

"Kairos focuses on releasing communities of followers to live out the mission of Jesus.

"While it is one church it is also six smaller network churches, small to mid-size groups of up to thirty people known, officially, as 'mission-shaped communities' (MSCs).

"With a variety of imaginative titles, each MSC is treated as a church in its own right, meeting not in a church building but in homes, cafes, pubs, or even outdoors".

The smaller church communities intend to serve the local community by offering friendship, support and sharing their Christian faith.

One example is 'Outnumbered', the title is taken from the BBC ONE comedy programme.

It consists mainly of families with children, holding a variety of events from a monthly 'Messy church' on a Saturday afternoon, which draws in newcomers, to Sunday brunches at the local Wetherspoons.




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