Church without Walls is an emerging community that meets in Broughton & Brooklands in Milton Keynes.
As the name says.….it has no walls, and no regular building or meeting place.
Sometimes on a Sunday morning we’re in the function room at ‘The Broughton’ (Hungry Horse pub) for a relaxed family friendly get-together (Cafe Church) at other times on a Sunday morning we meet for breakfast, a reflection and walk out and about at Forest Church.
Sometimes we meet on a Sunday afternoon at Brooklands Pavilion for a more reflective time together (Quiet Church) or at Broughton Pavilion for a relaxed meal together (Dinner Church). Broughton Pavilion is also where we gather for our twice monthly space for meditation and contemplative prayer (Sacred Space)
Sometimes we meet in the beautiful medieval Church in Broughton village (St Lawrence) for worship that connects with both our past and our present, for an occasional Sunday gathering or our midweek twice monthly communion service (Breaking Bread).
In the future we may meet in the school, the park, who knows…..
Here is a short video telling the story of our church community.
Everyone is welcome
Church without Walls is also a place where the walls between people can begin to come down, where everyone is welcomed and can find space to flourish.
Whether you are wondering about faith and want dip in to find out more, whether you have moved to the area and looking for an open Christian community to be part of, whether you are just looking for somewhere to belong…..
There are fun community events, there are small groups to meet and share wherever you are on the journey of faith, there is kids stuff, grown-up stuff….it will be what we make it as we explore together new ways of being Church for the 21st Century.
This is what one of the people who comes to Church without Walls said about what they are looking for in a Church community…and it sums up what we hope this community will be (and already is!)
I mix my faith and my doubts in varying degrees, I am sometimes overwhelmed by a sense of a loving caring God, I sometimes want to shout and scream against the unfairness and injustice of life and wonder how a loving God could be behind it all. (And sometimes I just want to slump into a TV induced stupor and forget about everything).
And in amongst all that, I feel pulled to create or at least be involved with little communities of fellow travellers and messy, wounded pilgrims as we wrestle with this stuff together and support each other. That’s my “vision” such as it is, and I’m not always as good at that as I can be.
As a community we have recently been exploring our vision and values as we explore together what it means to be a church community in this place.
Who are we?
Church without Walls is led by Ruth Maxey, the Community Minister for Broughton & Brooklands.
Ruth is a United Reformed Church Minister and moved to Broughton in September 2013 with her family (husband Dave and three kids).
Ruth is able to conduct baptisms, thanksgivings, weddings and funerals. Email her for more information.
Previously Ruth was a University Chaplain at Keele University for 10 years.
Ruth’s post is funded by the United Reformed Church and supported by the Walton Churches Partnership.
To contact Ruth email: firstname.lastname@example.org