Andrew Francis, writer, poet and retired United Reformed Church minister at Emmanuel Church, Haydon Wick, has published a brand new book entitled Hospitality and Community after Christendom, which addresses new ways for Christian congregations to nurture their communities.
Describing his approach as radical theology, Andrew said: “What I’m presenting in my book is not a mainstream view of how churches operate. Instead it’s looking at a new way of being which reconnects us with the very human past-time of building friendships through eating together. After all, it’s much easier to invite people to supper than to Bible Study.”
In his 25 years’ experience of being a church minister all over the country, Andrew has observed how many churches around Britain have lost the art of hospitality. He has also learned that the strongest home-based Christian study groups have eaten together as part of their meeting, reinvesting in the true meaning of breaking bread and sharing communion.
Reflecting on the target audience for his book Andrew said: “Churches who are looking for sincere, easy and human ways to reach out to their friends and neighbours will find a lot of answers in this book.
“Readers will discover a different, less judgemental kind of Christianity in its pages. It’s an ideal book for a Christmas list.”
Hospitality and Community after Christendom is published by Paternoster and is available from Amazon and bookshops at £12.99.
Andrew’s first volume of poetry, Avebury: Rime and Time, was published in 2011 by The Kettle Press.