Get Messy! September-December 2020

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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

  • It only took one stone (1 Samuel 17:32–50)
  • Paul and Silas (Acts 16:25–35)
  • Shine like a star (Matthew 5:14–16)
  • Christ(mas) is here! (Luke 2:4–18)

In detail

It only took one stone – the story of David and Goliath is one of those Bible classics and a great way to start off a new term in September, especially for those school-goers who feel like the smallest in their new school or class. And even if you have a different start to the school year, this story is a cracker.

In October, when we remember our prisons, we look at the story of Paul and Silas escaping from prison. It’s a story of liberation from oppression, or, in the context of Halloween, of moving from darkness to light, and a reminder that Jesus keeps working in his church well aft er Pentecost.

In November we invite everyone to shine like a star, as the church calendar reminds us to commemorate the saints who have shone like stars before us. Remembrance helps us celebrate the lives of those who gave up so much.

Of course, December is our annual celebration of the birth of Jesus, with its total lack of reindeer, elves and snowmen and its huge joys and sorrows as families experience life together at its most intense.

Also in this issue

  • Lucy Moore writes
  • Stories from Messy Churches far and wide
  • Courageously creative
  • Messy Church at home
  • Dear Jane
  • Denominational news
  • Messy downloadable packs

Support material

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

Support material PDF

Session planning template

Note that if you're making the Christmas puddings on page 34, you must ensure you buy gluten-free digestive biscuits in order for them to be gluten-free.