AT THE end of last month, a Cheltenham church, formerly known as
Glenfall, reformed itself as Cheltenham Network Church (CNC). It is
another of the growing number of Fresh Expressions within the
Church of England.
Meeting in the drama studio of a secondary school, the church's
congregation encourages various networks with the local community.
These include a book club, a men's fitness group, and a
community-volunteer group, as well as the groups engaged in
worship, prayer, and discipleship.
CNC has had the support of the parishes on the south side of
Cheltenham, where it now meets, and is working towards a Bishop's
Mission Order from the Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Revd Michael
Perham (above), which will release it as a mission
initiative across the Cheltenham deanery.
Glenfall was established more than 20 years ago as an illegal
cross-parish church plant, taking its name from the junior school
where its members met. The challenge of parish boundaries led to
its becoming independent from the Church of England, although, in
time, it developed good relationships with the local churches.
The diocese drew the fellowship back into the fold ten years ago
by connecting it to Holy Trinity, Cheltenham. After moving to a new
area of town, well away from its original Glenfall location, last
autumn, the church took a new name to reflect its changing