In March 2011 Liverpool Cathedral launched Zone2. Each week, at the same time as the traditional service a second congregation meets informally, café style, with all ages worshipping together. The planting team for Zone2 consisted of nine adults and nine children. Within a year the congregation had more than doubled and, four years after launch continues to grow. The video below provides some more information about Zone2:
We’re convinced that the simple format for Zone2 is easily useable and adaptable for other churches, including those without lots of resources. We’d love to help that happen which is why we’ve created this resource sharing website.
Old Oak is not a brand or an organisation (the name is explained on the home-page). It’s a tool through which Liverpool Cathedral can share some of the benefits, experiences and challenges of all age café-style services and hopefully inspire and resource others to try it in their own situation. We also very much want to be on the receiving and learning end of the process as that happens.
If you have any questions, we would love to hear from you. We’re very much still learning and still make tons of mistakes but if we can help you, even by telling you what we got wrong, we’d love to. So please see this as our contribution to a conversation where we’d love to hear what you think through comments on resources and blog posts or by contacting us by email.
We’re also on the lookout for partner churches who we can offer offer encouragement and support to all the way from an initial conversation through to becoming an established congregation. For more information visit our “Can We Help” post.
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About Our Resources:
The heart of this website is a library of materials for anyone to use. Most of the resources were developed within the Zone2 community at Liverpool Cathedral but can be adapted easily to suit your congregation. Our Essentials page will help you to understand a bit more about the different types of resources.
If you do use any of the ideas, adapt them or create your own and are happy to share them please feel free to let us know. We’re interested in how you feel ideas could be improved, what sort of things you’d like to see next and how the resources on this site inspire you to create your own.
We occasionally use resources from other places and when we do we will direct you to the place that we found them. We’ve tried hard to give credit for work that is not our own and to avoid breaking copyright. If you think we’ve missed anything please let us know!