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Discipleship - NZ thoughts

Posted by Lucy Moore on 26 Nov 2010

There are some interesting discussions going on about discipleship all over the world. Andrew Smith from New Zealand recommends a good book and has some good thoughts: This is Andrew, chaplain to messy NZ ! 'I've just completed a quick read of George Lings' 'Encounters on the Edge', no 46 Messy Church: Ideal for all ages? ... A very positive critique, I feel. George draws out the challenge of messy discipleship very fairly and squarely.

The Big Silence

Posted by Lucy Moore on 02 Nov 2010

A Messy Church leader near Swansea made this imaginative suggestion for those teams looking for ways to connect life and TV outside Messy Church with God-talk within it: Don't know if you're aware of the programme The Big Silence which is being broadcast on BBC2 in the UK on Fridays at 7pm. Also on BBC2 Wales 7pm. Note also available on iPlayer.

Discipleship develops....

Posted by Lucy Moore on 29 Oct 2010

As you know, we're pondering what Messy discipleship is all about, if indeed there is such an animal. The best thing is getting stories like this one from Jo Birkby in Knaphill to throw into the melting pot. To me it says something about steps towards discipleship - they can mean sensitively and imaginatively responding to a lead from your own messy congregation and to a prod from God. This could be different for every Messy Church. Jo emails:

Discipleship ponderings continue

Posted by Lucy Moore on 29 Oct 2010

Last week I had a bit of a quiet day to reflect on discipleship in the messy context. This is what I shared with Jane and the rest of the BRF Messy Church team. As ever, work in progress rather than definitive answers:

Are you the 500th?

Posted by Lucy Moore on 22 Oct 2010

We now have 489 Messy Churches on the Directory! This is phenomenal, even to those of us, who, like me, are innumerate and find it hard to picture so many ('If all the Messy Churches were together in one room, they would be as messy as....') It could be you! Sign up now! If you've been procrastinating, don't delay!

Mistaken mess

Posted by Lucy Moore on 08 Oct 2010

A friend sent through this lovely misunderstanding from their local paper: 'My church is holding a Messy Church this Wednesday - however, the local paper got the wrong idea when they published a notice about it, and printed the following: Church needs your help Help is needed to tidy St Mark's Church. A special cleaning day will be held on Wednesday October 6, and the team are appealing for volunteers to join in. No special skills are needed, just a willingness to join in and be part of the action.

Messy Chaplain

Posted by Lucy Moore on 08 Oct 2010

One team was asked whether they needed a chaplain for their Messy Church. They came up with the following jobs that a chaplain could do for them. It's an interesting list as it seems to demonstrate how far removed Messy Church is from a craft club or social circle: In response to the questions 'Do we need a chaplain?' 'What would we want this person to do?'

A History of our Faith in 100 Objects

Posted by Lucy Moore on 05 Oct 2010

Well obviously it's plagiarism but with any luck, blatant enough to be acceptable. We're going to try out a series of 60-second 'testiomonies' in our Messy Church, based around physical objects, with the idea that personal stories give the congregation something easy to respond to and ponder on and relate faith to everyday life.

Messy Discipleship - some thoughts

Posted by Lucy Moore on 17 Sep 2010

These are some ongoing thoughts springing from our discussions about discipleship in a messy context at the regional coordinators' Round Table. Discipleship is a huge issue and will carry on being one. We’re all learners and what feels right at the moment may not be in the long run, but we need to be faithful to what we think God is revealing to us in our context at the present time.

Regional Coordinators' Round Table 2010

Posted by Lucy Moore on 12 Sep 2010

The second annual gathering of Messy Church regional coordinators took place at Wycliffe Hall on 9-10 Sep with 26 enthusiastic delegates present. These included members of the BRF team and trustees as well as regional coordinators from all over the UK, and even Australia and Denmark were represented.