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Facebook Live – Volunteering – the changing face in Covid-19 and beyond

Posted by Lucy Moore on 20 Jan 2021

The wise and wonderful Jane Butcher shared her thoughts on volunteering at the Facebook Lives on 20 January 2021:  The following is based on feedback from a variety of individuals from Messy Church and other areas of volunteering. What motivates people to volunteer?

Celebrating Christmas, celebrating Jane

Posted by Lucy Moore on 17 Dec 2020

One thing about being a Christian that strikes me is that, as we celebrate God’s story, we discover more about how much God celebrates us. And part of what we’re doing in Messy Church is to hold a monthly get-together that says to our families, ‘Look! You matter so much to God and to God’s people that we want to throw a party for you in Jesus’ name, with lovely things to do,  great party rituals and wonderful things to eat!

God on the move

Posted by Lucy Moore on 10 Dec 2020

Luke 2:1-7 

Advent reflection and prayer on Facebook Live

Posted by Lucy Moore on 25 Nov 2020

Lydia Harrison, from the Prayer team, led a beautiful and gentle Facebook Live on 24 November:

Salvation Army inspiration

Posted by Lucy Moore on 19 Nov 2020

In November 2020, Andrew Vertigan led the Facebook Lives for us and inspired the network with his passion for God and his bigger than big vision. Here's the gist of what he said - but it was HOW he said it that was so gripping - do check out the half hour on Facebook or YouTube.

Volunteering - Facebook Live notes

Posted by Lucy Moore on 12 Nov 2020

On 11 November, BRF's Jane Butcher gave a Facebook Live on volunteering. You can see the Facebook Live itself here. Jane's notes are below. I'm going to look at the why – why do we volunteer?

Grief and gratitude

Posted by Lucy Moore on 12 Nov 2020

On 11 November 2020, Roberta Egli from Messy Church USA gave the Facebook Live on 'Grief and gratitude'. You can see the actual video here and Roberta's notes are below. Why Grief AND gratitude? Grief is not a linear process- but it is a process. Here are the stages of grief, as laid out by David Kessler:

God of the unexpected: reflections from a Messy Church quiet morning

Posted by Martyn Payne on 11 Nov 2020

Elijah faces lockdown 2 A small group of Messy Church leaders from the Silver Team met online this week for a quiet morning focusing on the story of Elijah from 1 Kings 19.

Messy Alongsiding

Posted by Lucy Moore on 27 Oct 2020

The new support teams for Messy Churches (starting in November 2020) means that we will shortly have a team of ‘Alongsiders’ to offer your Messy Church a listening ear, informal coach or critical friend. One of the new team, Helen Laird, explains why she thinks 'alongsiding' is so important:

Be intergenerationally encouraged!

Posted by Lucy Moore on 19 Oct 2020

A lovely story of hope today from Alison on the Silver team: