Tag Archives: third spaces

St.Crispin Coffee Shop has closed.

Just before Christmas it was announced that the coffee shop on the St Crispin’s development, Daisy Mae’s, was to close. This was a surprise to everyone as they were very popular with residents and visitors to the development. They had … Continue reading

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Lamenting the demise of The Great Good Place

I have been blogging my way through The Great Good Place as I read it. Having finished it, I can say that Oldenburg has given a detailed overview of the third place, the reasons for the decline of such places … Continue reading

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The decline of Main Street USA and the decline of community

This quote, which comes in a chapter describing the Main Street in a typical US small town in the 1930s (in this case, River Park, Minnesota), sums up the uniqueness of a third place and the benefits it has to … Continue reading

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We need more German beer gardens in the world.

I’ve been reading Ray Oldenburg’s book about third places – those places that are neither home nor work but which allow individuals in a community to come alongside each other, relax and let off steam. He contends that these are … Continue reading

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Church and community

1) Community social life is necessary for healthy religious life, and 2) if the church is going to succeed it must recognise the social needs of the community and assume its share of the leadership in social activities. A quote … Continue reading

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What makes a good third place?

Churches should want to become a central part of the community by providing third spaces for people to go to. Ray Oldenburg, who wrote The Great Good Place, characterizes  the third space as those places in a community that are … Continue reading

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Another third space on its way

This will go alongside the chippy (average) and the Chinese (very delicious), and will give us a venue closer to home to hold our men’s curry nights! The sign just went up in the last couple of days, and the … Continue reading

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First, listen…

Continuing through the book Pioneer Ministry and Fresh Expressions of Church by Angela Shier-Jones, she moves onto think about preparing for a pioneering role or fresh expression. Many churches and ministries can be incredibly creative and hugely successful in drawing … Continue reading

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