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Messy Forum in Liverpool

Posted by Lucy Moore on 24 Nov 2009

There are many pictures of the Holy Spirit, but I've never seen one of him bouncing about like a puppy, gleefully springing around to get people to play with him. But that's what it feels like on the Messy scene in Liverpool. There is so much going on and it's so vibrant and full of life! The latest event was a Messy Forum for Messy Church leaders, organised by Jane Leadbetter, the regional coordinator for Liverpool and Liverpool Diocesan Children's Adviser, and David Bell, the Diocesan Children's Adviser for Chester Diocese.

Thoughts on Sunday / Messy Church

Posted by Lucy Moore on 24 Nov 2009

Graham Miles has been musing from his position as church leader on the relationship of Sunday and Messy Church, and communications, perceptions, finances and differences of style between the two. Graham writes:

Wet in Wales

Posted by Lucy Moore on 22 Nov 2009

It was a little disconcerting to drive in the gloaming of early Friday evening past signs directing me to 'Angora Goats' and 'Sheep Pens' and warning me to 'Beware of the Bulls', but despite these hazards, I arrived safely at the B&B on the Royal Welsh Showground to meet Kay and Pauline who had organised a Fiesta for the following day.

The Importance of Belonging to the Directory

Posted by Lucy Moore on 19 Nov 2009

I thought our Messy Directory would simply serve to help Messy Church leaders, but no! An email from Jenny Martin containing copies of two letters reveals how useful it is for our networked congregations too. So sign up, for the sake of all the Matthews and Daniels out there! Hi Lucy

Women in church leadership

Posted by Lucy Moore on 18 Nov 2009

Just back from a conference where for once I wasn't speaking about Messy Church, except in the all-important by-the-way conversations, but on women, or the lack of them, in church planting. As you know, I'm not a rampant feminist, bras are too expensive to burn, dungarees are too fiddly when you need the loo, and there are so many aspects of church and mission that I would rather be thinking about.

Research

Posted by Lucy Moore on 13 Nov 2009

Just a quick note on how the research into Messy Church is panning out. As you know, we very much want to reflect on all that's happening in Messy Church so that we practitioners and the Church as a whole learn from it, have solid cause for rejoicing, can discern helpful ways forward and generally continue to grow the kingdom in wonderful ways.

Messy Tea

Posted by Lucy Moore on 11 Nov 2009

Discipleship? Training? I'm not sure what Messy Tea would best fit into - it's such early days that it might be better not to pigeonhole it yet. It's our attempt to grow Messy Church here in Cowplain.

Last night at Messy Church

Posted by Lucy Moore on 23 Oct 2009

We changed a few things last night at our October Messy Church: we decided at Messy Tea that the opening half hour was becoming a little stale and limp, so we had just a handful of games out and turned the focus on to one big, easy activity for everyone to come and join in with as they arrived. We also had a more organised welcome table and only one entrance, so everybody was greeted by name or, if we didn't know them, by a friendly face. Both of these gave a lot of energy to the start time. We also asked the team to come and chat more, rather than setting up their crafts in that time.

Small talk

Posted by Lucy Moore on 22 Oct 2009

One discussion the regional coordinators had at the Round Table in September was about the value of small talk at Messy Church. One person even went so far as to say it can be sacramental and should be valued as such.

Family Teams

Posted by Lucy Moore on 22 Oct 2009

Another idea that popped up at the Round Table is to ask a family to run a craft together. This means that the separate family members get to cover for each other so they don't miss out on all the activities on offer; they'll need to talk and work together to plan and prepare their activity - i.e.

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