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Questions from the threshold #2

Posted by Lucy Moore on 04 Jun 2020

Here are some of the responses from the network to questions raised on Facebook Live and in the previous blog post: Some of the comments from Facebook in response We have much to offer through Messy Church and I believe we will be needed even more in the future and look forward to what God has already prepared for us. Perhaps there are multiple answers rather than one 'right' answer… I do not think there is a one size fits all. Our unchurched families miss meeting and this fills the gap for them.

Messy questions on the threshold

Posted by Lucy Moore on 04 Jun 2020

A summary of the Facebook Lives on 3 June 2020: Acts 3:1-10

Celebration! Facebook Live thoughts from May 2020

Posted by Lucy Moore on 01 Jun 2020

Celebration: we all know the wonderful Kool and the Gang song of the same name! Celebration as a value for Messy Church came about because of wanting to dissociate the word ‘church’ from the word ‘boring’. Jesus spent so much time at parties and festivals – it’s amazing he got any carpentry or preaching done.

God who notices

Posted by Lucy Moore on 01 Jun 2020

Charis Lambert writes: Last week a small group of Messy leaders spent a quiet morning (remotely) thinking about God noticing through the stories of Hannah, Samuel and David. In reading each story we asked five questions: Who wanted to be noticed? Who was avoiding notice? Who needed to be made to notice? Who noticed the wrong things? Who was noticed and how did that make them feel? This led us to thinking about ourselves - how good are we at noticing? And also do we like/want/need to be noticed?

Hospitality in Messy Church during the lockdown - Facebook Live

Posted by Lucy Moore on 15 May 2020

Charis Lambert writes after her Facebook Lives on May 14 2020: When I google Messy Church, it comes up with the tagline: ‘Messy Church - church, but not as you know it.’

Exploring Messy Values - All-age

Posted by Lucy Moore on 07 May 2020

How do we demonstrate all-togetherness when we are all-apart? Summary of the Facebook Live with Martyn Payne, 6 May 2020

Creativity and double-jointed boats

Posted by Lucy Moore on 30 Apr 2020

True creativity, I feel rather ruefully, would find a way to make an origami boat successfully on screen without needing to be double-jointed and cross-eyed. As we mused on our creations – made to a pattern, made by following instructions, we pondered the age-old question – what is creativity? Simply making something? Or does it require some element of newness, adaptability, imagination, uniqueness?

Everybody Welcome Online

Posted by Lucy Moore on 24 Apr 2020

Bob Jackson and George Fisher have long been enthusiastic supporters of Messy Church in their missional roles for the Church. Bob helps run a thriving Messy Church in Eyam in Derbyshire. This helpful document includes reflections about online Messy Church as well as other very useful ideas and tips about online church more generally. Please share if you find it helpful. Everybody Welcome Online

Being Christ-centred - Living water

Posted by Lucy Moore on 23 Apr 2020

It was a delight to relax in the company of several hundred Messy friends for the Facebook Lives this week on the theme of ‘being Christ-centred’. Thanks to everyone for your warm generosity and, frankly, for turning up, when Repair Shop was on TV at the same time. Such dedication.

Messy Gideon

Posted by Lucy Moore on 20 Apr 2020

Paul Thurlow writes up the distance quiet day thoughts from a small group of us. We’d planned this meeting at the end of 2019; we’d planned to talk about ‘the God who challenges’. Little did we know that just days before we met the country would be placed into lockdown, our worlds would be turned upside down and that all our own challenges would change.

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