Get Messy! May-August 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

  • Blinded into seeing (Acts 9:3–18)
  • Don't bury your talents (Matthew 25:14–30)
  • The rich young ruler (Mark 10:17–27)
  • Two by two (Genesis 6:5–8)

In detail

Some more cracking stories in this magazine! I think we were on a roll when we chose the themes for this year. In May, while we’re enjoying a Pentecost celebration, we can also enjoy exploring the dramatic story of Saul/Paul on the Damascus Road. As Paul is one of the key characters in the New Testament, it’s good to find out how things all kicked off for him on his journey with Jesus.

In June, we plunge into Jesus’ parable of the talents. Some churches might be thinking about Generous June, so this would tie in nicely with the idea of using our gifts (of all sorts) wisely.

In July we look at the bittersweet story of the rich young man who really wanted to go deeper with Jesus but found there was something that stopped him. Perhaps this is a chance to think about what’s woven so closely into the fabric of our own lives that it creates a barrier between what we are and what we’re called to be.

And in August, it’s all aboard Noah’s ark. This is a story of humanity facing calamity, oft en masked by the jollity of animals and rainbows, so a very real one for people who have survived a catastrophic event and known the wooden symbol/reality that carried us through. ‘Nothing in my hands I bring / Simply to thy cross I cling,’ as the hymn says.

Also in this issue

  • Lucy Moore writes
  • Stories from Messy Churches in Covid times
  • Meet our new Messy Church Coordinator
  • Sustainable Messy Church
  • A new season of support
  • Network news
  • Messy Masterclasses
  • Celebrating, investing and growing talents

Support material

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

Download support material PDF

Download 'Climate burdens' PDF for July activity 4

Session planning template