PLAY! Finding God in Celebration

a fresh expressions conference
April 17-18, 2015
St. Stephen’s Columbus


PLAY is a gathering of people interested in celebrating creative ways to engage God’s mission in our communities. PLAY will offer ideas for fostering imagination and creativity, planning non-traditional worship, missional church planting and how to gather community in new ways through radical hospitality, storytelling and inspiring liturgy.

The Rev. Ben Norton, a pioneer minister in the Church of England, will share his experiences creating three different fresh expressions of church in the last 10 years in the UK. Ben invites us on a journey to meet people and connect the Christian story to the story of people outside of the church and to gently grow spiritual communities in the process. Ana Hernandez, musician, conversation host and mischief maker, will lead us in music that makes community. PLAY explores how we give each other permission to imagine a new way forward together and an opportunity to reinvigorate your soul and your church.

If you are interested in learning more about fresh expressions, being part of some inspiring worship or just want to have fun, you won’t want to miss this gathering. PLAY is for everyone, young and old, musicians and artists, lay and ordained, people who love liturgy and those who don’t. We invite you and members of your community to join us for this experience!

Register online

Cost for PLAY is $45 per person, if you register by April 1. After April 1, the fee rises to $55. Students and young adults are $25. The deadline to register is April 14. To find out more, visit conferences/play.

Jane Gerdsen serves as missioner for fresh expressions in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. Contact her at