Messy Church

Fresh ideas for building a Christ-centred community

Training

This DVD tells the story of Messy Church and explores the issues it raises through conversations with leaders from around the UK and meeting the children and adults who make up the congregations.

God is at work in Queensland, Australia! Thank you Sue and Glen Taylor and Beth Nicholls for your Regional Coordinator support in this huge part of the continent.

Calling people who have a responsibility for training in their district, diocese, denomination or other department.

If you're offering any training on Messy Church, we'd like to help you make it as informed, up to date and linked in to the centre as it possibly can be. That way more people get to hear what Messy Church really is instead of a Chinese Whispers version. It also means they have access to the most recent resources through you.

Trish Hahn writes:

I have a question related to Messy Church and Makaton. As you know our Messy Church is for kids with SEN and we are using Makaton more regularly at each session to include it during worship and story time. I am on a closed Facebook site called Additional Needs Alliance which brings together parents and youth workers within church setting to discuss ways to include those with disabilities/additional needs. So far several people have said that they think use of Makaton within worship would be beneficial to those who are limited in communication.

Pete and Andy's vision for this spring/summer is to make a training tour around the Diocese. They'll do Messy Fiestas with a difference at three venues, culminating in a Messy Eucharist (like you've never experienced before!) for everyone at Romsey Abbey in July.

Sunday 7 July at Romsey Abbey, 3.00 - 5.30pm with craft/celebration/tea and cake for all ages and whole families.

Come and share in a Eucharist like no other.

Pete and Andy's vision for this spring/summer is to make a training tour around the Diocese. They'll do Messy Fiestas with a difference at three venues, culminating in a Messy Eucharist (like you've never experienced before!) for everyone at Romsey Abbey in July.

Programme

All Messy Fiestas run from 9.30 to 12.30, are free of charge, and will take this format:

9.30-10.30 training for leaders and core teams

10.30 open the doors to families and wider teams, when Pete and the core teams will lead Messy Crafts

Messy Church - the DVD aims to give people an understanding of what Messy Church is and an opportunity to explore the values behind it so that new Messy Churches can be started from a position of understanding, and existing ones can be encouraged to develop and grow. It uses examples of small and large Messy Churches from several denominations, from urban and rural settings, and from the north and south of the UK.

A real privilege and joy to share last weekend with 30-odd fellow Messy enthusiasts and to have another fun time exploring Messy themes and enjoying learning from and with each other. We had a Father's Day theme this year and enjoyed the Prodigal Son story for our final Messy Church session.

As before, the feedback was overwhelmingly positive and included these comments:

Jane writes: They came from Scotland, North Yorkshire, the Midlands and Cambridgeshire, Durham and Oxfordshire; adults and children, singing, praying, getting messy; listening to each other's stories, sharing worries and concerns. They made crafts, made new friends, created dramas, played games. They laughed, hammered nails, learned skills, wrote in clay. They met with God in the Mini Retreat, were affirmed and blessed before God in the Messy Church session consultations and heard about the worldwide Messy Church.

Did we really do all of that in a weekend? Yes and more!

As part of BRF's commitment to developing discipleship of people who belong to Messy Churches, we're delighted to announce an exciting day for teenagers in association with the Methodist Church:

Are you a young helper at Messy Church? Would you like to help Messy Churches internationally to be better at welcoming teenagers?

A day for teenagers who help at Messy Churches across the UK and their accompanying adults

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