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Book Review: The Hospitality of God, Emerging Worship for a Missional Church by M Perham and M Gray-Reeves

For those that remember, two Bishops visited a number fresh expressions/emerging churches in the USA and UK including the Moot Community, Bps Michael Perham (CofE) and Mary Gray-Reeves (Episcopal Church) collaborated over this important book.  It is a great and positive read.  After the il-informed polemic and parody written in the book ‘For the Parish’ it is great to read an obviously informed book sensitively handled by those deeply rooted in the Anglican tradition gathered through participation and dialogue with the subject matter, (we remember that the authors of ‘For the Parish’ gathered their information through google searches and never visited a single project!).  Moot and the Church of the Apostles in the US have a lot of coverage, as do a number of other fresh expressions of the church.  The book is really refreshing, insightful, questioning and engaging, and a great read for those involved, exploring or interested in the whole area of liturgy, formation and the worship life of emerging and fresh expressions of the church.  Well done Michael and Mary, this is an excellent book – for a link to Amazon click here

POSTED 07.04.11 BY: ianmobsby | Comments Off on Book Review: The Hospitality of God, Emerging Worship for a Missional Church by M Perham and M Gray-Reeves

Lucas Mix continues to blog

Lucas Mix continues to make some interesting observations of Moot and St Matthews – click here to read.

POSTED 02.06.08 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on Lucas Mix continues to blog

what did tim get up to at COTA?

well,here it is. Tim's 'what i did on my holidays' style feedback regarding mytwo weeks at COTA.Firstly, big thanks to Karen and all at Cota for having me stay.Especially Matt, Corey and Peter. And Secondly, a small disclaimer.I did run this past Matt at Cota, and he seemed to think it was accurate andfair, (though he did make mention about some of my sentance construction andgeneral grammar abuse..."that's why i make videos" i told him!)Anyway. i think it's fair as brief overviews go, but i'm sure i'll havemissed something and so i apologise in advance for that!So CLICK HERE! for report(Peace out)

POSTED 19.05.08 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on what did tim get up to at COTA?

Church of the Apostles

I am pleased to see that the Church of the Apostles have got a short vid introduction to their community on You Tube.

As you know, Moot is twinned to COTA as a sister emerging church project, so check out what they are about in the Fremont area of Seattle – click here

POSTED 08.07.07 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on Church of the Apostles

Two new Emerging Church resources


Pleased to say that COTA’s music CD “Ordo” is now available through their own distribution, and Ikon’s CD “Dubh” has been released through Jonny Baker’s outlet Proost.
Cota, our sister church, have employed Lacey to develop authentic and contextual forms of worship for their community. This album is hopefully the first of a number of new and exciting new forms coming out of the life of vibrancy of COTA. Some will know that Gareth, Si and I spent some time over with this exciting new church in Seattle earlier this year. Click the pic for info.

Ikon’s CD, is a fusion coming out of the creative mix of postmodern theology/philosophy, meditations and music. It has depth and at times some darkness that I am sure comes out of the context. Again, a great resource. Click the pic for more info.

Both these resources would be great for alt/emerging activities and for developing a personal prayer or devotional life.

POSTED 01.09.05 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on Two new Emerging Church resources

COTA MOOT REUNION


Pleased to say that Phillipa, Gareth & Ian of Moot met up with Karen, Lacey and Ryan from Church of the Apostles, out sister group in the States, as a bit of a reunion after Gareth, Ian and Si went to spend a significant time with COTA in the Spring 05, where we all got very inspired by what COTA were doing. Well we are all off to Cheltenham tomorrow, hopefully with not too much rain and sadly without Mike & Carey….

Reminder: Moot service is on Friday 7pm New Forms 1 venue

POSTED 24.08.05 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on COTA MOOT REUNION

Belgium beer, dogs and Eucharist and other nonsense…



Had a good night out with Phillipa, Ian and Karen, Lacey and Ryan all from COTA. We downed some good belgium beers, ate some great food (Karen even had lobster!) and chatted about a rather wide, eclectic range of subjects. Including the ramifications of a dog eating some of the wafers during Eucharist… would we have to grill the dog and eat it in order that we weren’t leaving any of Jesus around or is it ok for a dog to partake?

We also talked about how the Fremont Abbeye was coming along and heard some more about COTA’s exciting plans for the near future… as well as their problems with the neighbours… apparently they have too many drunk people spilling out onto the streets late at night, and thats just on the worship band practice night 😉

It was great to see them all again and it will be good to hang out at Greenbelt and I for one am looking forward to the Marvin Gaye service and seeing Karen in an Afro – which she claims has been confiscated by Heathrow for security reasons 🙂

POSTED 24.08.05 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on Belgium beer, dogs and Eucharist and other nonsense…

COTAs Freemont Abbey – a personal inspiration & yet reminder of my own failure & a hope for the year ahead. A request for prayer and endurance!!

If you did not already know, our sister church in the States, COTA are really one of the most exciting emerging church projects in the world. They are now incarnating their dream of creating an urban church/art centre in Fremont, art area of Seattle. If you remember, Gareth, Si and I went their earlier this year, which was a needed boost to me personally and hopefully Moots own dreams. What inspires me about this group in particular, is how their dreams incarnate. I have never met a group that are so ambitious and faithful at the same time. It is not an easy ride, but there is something in the process they work to – not letting go of their dreams and making them work that is inspirational – their dreams which seem to me to be God-given do become real. They doggedly never give up on what they think God is calling them to. It does remind me often about how trapped I feel with the very large brick walls around us in moot, and that I personally don’t seem to be able to influence the wider church as much as Karen does, to be able to take risks and opportunities, and often feel a bit of a failure – as perceivably very little has changed in moot in the last year! I am still on the edge of insolvency, we still are [at our core] a very small group, and feel very burdened by the financial debt I now carry as a result of not working fulltime over the last year.

However, I still have hope in Moot, and as Gary constantly says – Moot is pregnant with possibilities, they are just not realised. I have not let go of what an incredible group of people you are, it continues to move me when I see moments of real connection with God and transformative fragments of hope that occur in the events and services we have done in the last year.

There are however some real opportunities in front of us. Firstly there is a fund we can apply for [with no guarantees] to gather some money so at least I may get paid for the part time stuff I do, and even possibly to work full time. There is a moot ‘cafe church’ development group which needs to focus on the task in hand, and we have a very close ally in Peter Hanaway who chairs the group. We have a meeting with the Archdeacon of Charing Cross who needs to understand Moot and why we do what we do. The Bishop is now quite friendly to us as a community, due to your extremely wonderful support at the meeting with the Bishop in the summer. So we do have some opportunities which if we get behind them, we can in faith believe that God will provide. I suppose what I am asking for more than ever, is for your ongoing support and time in building up the very fragile community we have created, which is beautiful yet vulnerable.

Considerations for prayer
1. For me personally, that the application to the Mission Fund (DOL) will be successful once Gareth & I with the support of Peter have written it after Greenbelt, and that I will find the time in a very hectic life to get it done. I am really particularly burdened by the need to pay back money where I have no ability to pay it, even after renting out my flat and moving, frustratingly due to circumstances outside my control that often feel a bit of a curse.

2. For moot – that we manage to make an ambitious new service plan work – so that it can help people find more of a regularity of worship at Moot, and that our small community can grow to enable it to become a deeper and healthy community, so that we can take more risks as we seek to follow God.

3. For Moot’s development – that we develop better relationships with the Archdeacon and Bishop and all those we are accountable to as a community. That they may see the potential in Moot not as a threat but as an opportunity.

4. For Moot’s cafe church vision – that we will first have the right people to shape this up to meet God’s vision for us – that it will be highly practical regarding finances, and highly efficient and correct concerning good buisness planning and that it will be highly creative in terms of what we would like to go on there. That it would truly be a vehicle for us to be a church mission, worship & community.

It would really excite me if we could all regularly pray for these things, knowing that where we want to go to is a very uphill journey.
Cheers, Ian

POSTED 20.08.05 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on COTAs Freemont Abbey – a personal inspiration & yet reminder of my own failure & a hope for the year ahead. A request for prayer and endurance!!

COTAs Freemont Abbey – a personal inspiration & yet reminder of my own failure & a hope for the year ahead. A request for prayer and endurance!!

If you did not already know, our sister church in the States, COTA are really one of the most exciting emerging church projects in the world. They are now incarnating their dream of creating an urban church/art centre in Fremont, art area of Seattle. If you remember, Gareth, Si and I went their earlier this year, which was a needed boost to me personally and hopefully Moots own dreams. What inspires me about this group in particular, is how their dreams incarnate. I have never met a group that are so ambitious and faithful at the same time. It is not an easy ride, but there is something in the process they work to – not letting go of their dreams and making them work that is inspirational – their dreams which seem to me to be God-given do become real. They doggedly never give up on what they think God is calling them to. It does remind me often about how trapped I feel with the very large brick walls around us in moot, and that I personally don’t seem to be able to influence the wider church as much as Karen does, to be able to take risks and opportunities, and often feel a bit of a failure – as perceivably very little has changed in moot in the last year! I am still on the edge of insolvency, we still are [at our core] a very small group, and feel very burdened by the financial debt I now carry as a result of not working fulltime over the last year.

However, I still have hope in Moot, and as Gary constantly says – Moot is pregnant with possibilities, they are just not realised. I have not let go of what an incredible group of people you are, it continues to move me when I see moments of real connection with God and transformative fragments of hope that occur in the events and services we have done in the last year.

There are however some real opportunities in front of us. Firstly there is a fund we can apply for [with no guarantees] to gather some money so at least I may get paid for the part time stuff I do, and even possibly to work full time. There is a moot ‘cafe church’ development group which needs to focus on the task in hand, and we have a very close ally in Peter Hanaway who chairs the group. We have a meeting with the Archdeacon of Charing Cross who needs to understand Moot and why we do what we do. The Bishop is now quite friendly to us as a community, due to your extremely wonderful support at the meeting with the Bishop in the summer. So we do have some opportunities which if we get behind them, we can in faith believe that God will provide. I suppose what I am asking for more than ever, is for your ongoing support and time in building up the very fragile community we have created, which is beautiful yet vulnerable.

Considerations for prayer
1. For me personally, that the application to the Mission Fund (DOL) will be successful once Gareth & I with the support of Peter have written it after Greenbelt, and that I will find the time in a very hectic life to get it done. I am really particularly burdened by the need to pay back money where I have no ability to pay it, even after renting out my flat and moving, frustratingly due to circumstances outside my control that often feel a bit of a curse.

2. For moot – that we manage to make an ambitious new service plan work – so that it can help people find more of a regularity of worship at Moot, and that our small community can grow to enable it to become a deeper and healthy community, so that we can take more risks as we seek to follow God.

3. For Moot’s development – that we develop better relationships with the Archdeacon and Bishop and all those we are accountable to as a community. That they may see the potential in Moot not as a threat but as an opportunity.

4. For Moot’s cafe church vision – that we will first have the right people to shape this up to meet God’s vision for us – that it will be highly practical regarding finances, and highly efficient and correct concerning good buisness planning and that it will be highly creative in terms of what we would like to go on there. That it would truly be a vehicle for us to be a church mission, worship & community.

It would really excite me if we could all regularly pray for these things, knowing that where we want to go to is a very uphill journey.
Cheers, Ian

POSTED 20.08.05 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on COTAs Freemont Abbey – a personal inspiration & yet reminder of my own failure & a hope for the year ahead. A request for prayer and endurance!!

Sister Act

As some already know Moot’s closest sister projects are COTA in Seattle and Sanctus1 in Manchester. Karen & Ben have become good friends and colleagues on the same spiritual journey, who continue to inspire me to keep going in our challenging moot circumstances. They have the incredible ability to seek God’s incarnational vision which then seems literally to incarnate itself – often in costly faith “one month from closure ways”. COTA has just pulled off a major next step in their vision of developing a larger arts cafe church – and are going for big scale dreams. They have also been very nice and talked about moot as their sister project. For more info, check out here.


It is my hope that we start in moot to dream like this, that somehow a number of us would be prepared to seek to do something profound, to take on what it takes to make something like this happen, as it does cost – so that we can truly in my view, release our potential. There is so much good in moot, we just aren’t doing it in public incarnational places……

POSTED 21.05.05 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on Sister Act