Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here.
The Moot community, led by Rev’d Ian Mobsby, is located in St. Mary Woolnoth Church, in the heart of London’s financial district. The group meets from 6:30 onward on Sunday evenings beginning with refreshments and then worship begins at 7:00. This area of London is a “ghost town” on Saturdays and Sundays with restaurants and shops being closed, so everyone travels in to Moot.
On Sunday evening there were about 25 worshipers at Moot including folk from the area as well as some German youth leaders and a priest from New Zealand.
Worship included an adapted Compline service with a time of meditation. Ian joined the participants andJon Oliver – a pioneer ministry student on a summer placement from Cambridge, led the service.
Moot is a safe place for people who have issues in their lives – it is non-judgmental, inclusive, welcoming, and engaging. Following closing prayer on Sunday, a young woman who had been in London for only a year expressed her thanks to the group for their care and support of her through a very difficult time in London.
About half the group went to the pub following the service to continue the conversation and to share community – and a beer of course!