Get Messy! January-April 2021

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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, relevent and encouraging articles and a problem page. Other features include a youth column and stories from Messy Churches around the world.

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Sessions in this issue

  • Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30–37)
  • Choosing God's voice (Matthew 4:1–11)
  • Mum's big day out (Ruth 1—4)
  • The stone's been rolled away (Matthew 28)

In detail

In January, we enjoy the classic and possibly best-known story in the Bible – the good Samaritan. There will be plenty of insights and examples from recent months in your own neighbourhood of ‘good neighbours’. Globally, people may have become aware of the GoodSAM app – goodsamapp.org – which is based on the principle of disinterested goodness as shown by the stranger in Jesus’ story.

In February, as the church year moves on to the season of Lent, we look again at Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. This is a story we haven’t explored in this magazine since 2015, so it is due for revisiting. As families face the tough choices involved in a journey of Christian discipleship, we are reminded that Jesus also had tough choices to make as he obeyed his heavenly Father.

In March, when Mothering Sunday is celebrated in some parts of the world, we enjoy looking at two of the most prominent women in God’s story: Ruth and Naomi. This session will be a challenge as we try to explore a whole book in one session! But what a far-reaching and heart-warming family saga of vulnerability, loyalty and obedience.

Finally in April, of course, we celebrate the central festival of Easter and enjoy the wonder and power of Jesus’ resurrection once again.

Also in this issue

  • Lucy Moore writes
  • Stories from Messy Churches far and wide
  • Top tips for filming
  • All change
  • Messy woodwork
  • Messy Church at home
  • Teenagers in Messy Church
  • Survey results
  • Eco Messy Church
  • Messy Church International Conference 2022
  • How well do we 'one another' one another?

Support material

The following extra resources are available to download for this issue of Get Messy! 

Support material PDF

'One another' verses PDF

Session planning template