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Surprise discipleship

Posted by Lucy Moore on 20 Apr 2021

Martyn Payne writes: Gleanings from a quiet morning on Luke 7:1-10 with the Storykeepers team, April 2021 'When Jesus heard this, he was so surprised...' The Messy Church Storykeepers team comes together online from time to time for a quiet morning of reflection around a Bible passage. Because discipleship is a Messy Church focus at the moment, this was chosen as the theme for our next sessions.

Rebuilding - Facebook Live from 25 March 2021

Posted by Lucy Moore on 24 Mar 2021

Read this as less of a ‘Here am I, the Expert, advising You, the Ignorant’ and more of a ‘Well, you asked me what I thought, so…’ sort of blog. Yup, you’re the expert on your own context and, let’s face it, I’ve been uprooted from the lovely Messy Church I belonged to back in Hampshire, since October last year, so can only bring you an overview at best, rather than a hands-on ‘Speaking as a practitioner…’ And I’m only thinking about the UK – sorry, friends elsewhere – you’re at such a different stage of unlockingdown from us!

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.

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