New Springtime
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The members of the New Springtime Community warmly welcome you to our website.

In mid June 2008 four members of the Alpha board suggested that interested people be invited to join them on four successive Sunday nights to pray for a Spirit filled revival in the Church.

When the four weeks had passed the meetings continued by common agreement. Sometime later the eighteen or so participants acknowledged that they were becoming a community with a common sense of purpose.

As a result they wrote a mission statement which expressed their core vision in these words:

“With the help of the Holy Spirit, we will engage in evangelisation ourselves, as well as teaching, training and equipping others who also desire to evangelise those who have not yet developed an intimate personal relationship with Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.”

In May 2009 the members were led by the Spirit to call themselves the New Springtime Community and to choose the buttercup as their logo. Sometime later a team of four was selected to lead the community.

In 2011 the members agreed that they would commit their energies primarily, though not exclusively, to one or other of three interconnected streams; Evangelising; Formation; and Intercessory Prayer.

You may be interested to know what inspired our name.

Pope Benedict XVI said in 2008;

“We can and must believe, with the late Pope John Paul II that God is preparing a new springtime for Christianity.”

Like his predecessor, Benedict believes that this renewal of Christianity can only be brought about by a new evangelisation, i.e. by sharing the basic teachings of Christianity, which focus on the person and saving work of Jesus.

As Benedict has reminded us;

“Many people perceive Christianity as something institutional – rather than as an encounter with Christ… Christianity is not a new philosophy or new morality. We are Christians only if we encounter Christ… Only in this personal relationship with Christ, only in this encounter with the Risen One do we really become Christians.”

The notion of a new springtime has biblical roots of a paradoxical kind. The Jews planted their seed in the autumn when the early rains fell, and they harvested their crops in the springtime following the later rain.

So the new springtime is the time when souls are harvested for God by means of a new evangelisation, principally of the un-churched and unbelievers.