Get Messy! May - August 2017
Get Messy! is a four-monthly subscription resource for Messy Church leaders. Each issue contains four session outlines (one per month), including planning sheets and take-home handouts, together with information on the latest resources and events. It also seeks to encourage and refresh Messy Church leaders by providing monthly Bible studies, a column on taking time to recharge, and a problem page. Other features include a youth column, a day in the life of a Regional Coordinator and stories from Messy Churches around the world.
In this issue:
- The still small voice
- The lost son
- John the Baptist
- The soldier's faith
Another set of unmissable stories to get messy with this season.
May features the still small voice of God speaking to Elijah. Set, as it is, at a time of burnout and deep-down weariness, the gentle story of God's loving concern for Elijah at his weakest may have resonance for some of the Messy families in your care.
The parable of the lost son is one to enjoy in June, with its heartwarming picture of God's love for everyone, just as Father's Day hits some of us. Whatever the season, we can enjoy the revolting pig sty and the rejoicing father when his son returns.
July may well be a warm month in the northern hemisphere, so perhaps John the Baptist can be accompanied by some outdoor splashy activities. Some churches will want to hold this a month earlier and celebrate John the Baptist's saint's day on 24 June.
And in August we explore the encounter between Jesus and a Roman soldier, an outsider, someone who didn't deserve for a Jewish rabbi to do him any favours. As many people coming to Messy Church may feel like outsiders, they may appreciate the inclusive love of Jesus shown in this story.
Also in this issue:
- Lucy Moore writes
- Stories from Messy Churches far and wide
- Messy Parables
- Baptism: the journey begins
- Messy Church Does Science
- Youth column
- The sacrament of Holy Communion
- Messy Woodwork
- Dear Jane