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Fun Day

Posted by Lucy Moore on 15 Feb 2010

A 'next step' day for Messy Church leaders in our area, that's what we wanted it to be. And as we thought about what to do, we became more and more clear that we wanted to reflect our Messy values in what we offered. So instead of an 'adults only' training day, we put our thinking caps on and worked out how to make it a day that all ages could enjoy and benefit from. That way, all the Messy Church team, young and old could come together and be sure of an entertaining and worthwhile day out.

Spain and Portugal!

Posted by Lucy Moore on 08 Feb 2010

Bom dia or should that be buena sera by now? It's 6pm on a February Sunday and I'm typing this on the patio of a house in southern Spain in a skimpy top and a cardigan: at home I need four layers of wool on top of a substantial vest, preferably combined with a hot water bottle and a mug of tea at this time of year. I fly back tomorrow: it's going to be tough.

A blog to check out

Posted by Lucy Moore on 26 Jan 2010

Martyn and I did some Barnabas work in and around Aberdeen last year. I was delighted to receive notice of this blog which shows how one evening's training can result in a huge impact on a community: Mountain Tops and Monday Mornings

Children's Ministry Conference Eastbourne

Posted by Lucy Moore on 25 Jan 2010

Hand in Hand - an excellent title for a conference on children's and family ministry, as it's all about partnership with churches, supportive organisations like S.U. and Barnabas, the children's and family workers and the children and families themselves. We had a great time over the weekend, meeting so many friends old and new. I was worried that no-one would come to the Messy Church seminar as everyone knows about it already, but about a hundred people came and very few fell asleep.

Good practice?

Posted by Lucy Moore on 13 Jan 2010

Another email made me stop and think about how we encourage Messy Church teams to put on the very best they can for God and for the people they serve. See how you react to it, especially if you read it in conjunction with Thomas's comments from Canada (blog on 6 Jan) Having visited a worship session recently which was described to me as 'Messy Church', but which seemed to be a case of using the label as an excuse not to think things through or plan properly, I think that there is need to 'go back to basics'!

News from Canada

Posted by Lucy Moore on 06 Jan 2010

With the thick snow outside as I write, I feel closer than usual to our colleagues in colder climes. Thomas Brauer, our regional coordinator for large chunks of Canada, sent news of the Messy Church picture over there as it unfolds, and some very juicy thoughts about the dangers of being a brand:

A blog on Messiness

Posted by Lucy Moore on 05 Jan 2010

Janet Tredrea, our Cornwall regional coordinator, brought this to my attention and you might also find it interesting: a blog page in which Jonathan Creber from near Truro is trying to work out more about messy discipleship. You can find it here if you scroll down to his entry for 21 December.

Happy New Year!

Posted by Lucy Moore on 04 Jan 2010

And a messily joyful one to you all!

Australia

Posted by Lucy Moore on 14 Dec 2009

First confirmed sightings of a Messy Church starting up in Australia! I'm very excited. Jane and I met Karen Mitchell-Lambert back in the summer in a series of coffee shops on the Strand (unintentionally - the one we planned online to meet at had no seats, so Spooks-like, armed with mobile phones, we bolted from cafe to cafe in search of each other).

Christingle juiciness

Posted by Lucy Moore on 13 Dec 2009

We had our annual Christingle service last night. It wasn't the full-blown Messy Church Christingle that we wrote for the Children's Society, but a very simple 'come half an hour early and make your own Christingle, then join in the service' affair.

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