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Posted by Lucy Moore on 19 Oct 2008 (0 comments)

Today's collect was a prayer for a sort of tidiness:

Almighty God, who alone can bring order to the unruly wills and passions of sinful humanity: give your people grace so to love what you command and to desire what you promise, that, among the many changes of this world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found

Posted by Lucy Moore on 08 Oct 2008 (0 comments)

Beryl Tillin has been thinking about home discipleship. She sent some useful insights in an email. I wonder what you think about the proposition that family traditions are more valuable than daily Bible notes?

I came to the Messy Fiesta in Oxford last weekend, which was really helpful and inspiring. I just wanted to let you know of a couple of things that our family do, following on from the discussion on discipleship at home. I identify totally with you on the 'what makes us a Christian family at home' question.

Posted by Lucy Moore on 07 Oct 2008 (0 comments)

If you want to read a bit about where Messy Church fits in with other Fresh Expressions of Church along with a review of a recent Messy Fiesta, have a look at this blog.

Posted by Lucy Moore on 28 Sep 2008 (0 comments)

Busy week... busy week... a deanery youth service held at St Wilf's today. I mention this because it fascinated me how doing MC has given us the confidence to use arty approaches in this very different service: after a short talk on 'Back to the Future' - God's plans for us as promised in Jeremiah 29:11 - we all came into the hall and enjoyed responding to the idea of God as someone who 'plans to prosper us' through prayers in time capsules, individual and group art projects.

Posted by Lucy Moore on 25 Sep 2008 (0 comments)

And a quick scoot over the Pennines towards Salford in the afternoon to act as a sounding board for a church in Worsley who are pondering starting a MC in the primary school where the church meets. Buildings, buildings: there are lots of issues around buildings. It irks me when a building created specifically to help people worship God actually stops them doing so, or when the building becomes more important than the people (but I accept that the people of previous and future generations are as important as those in the present).

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Posted by Lucy Moore on 24 Sep 2008 (0 comments)

There are different sorts of mess: some to fight against (Tidy Your Bedroom!), some to glory in. There are different sorts of order: some to fight against (Heil Hitler!), some to glory in. Perhaps the whole Christian story is one that swings between terrifying chaos and wild glory; between rigid order and free-flowing pattern.

In the beginning there was chaos and God brought order and pattern out of the chaos. It was good. And it was a good mess as God created asymmetrical trees, dappled fish, giraffes... and no straight lines anywhere.

Posted by Lucy Moore on 19 Sep 2008 (0 comments)

Do you run a Messy Church in a village? How does being in a village affect the way Messy Church works?

Sue Avery's village church is thinking about starting one but would appreciate some feedback from other churches in rural settings as they plan.

If you have any insights to offer from your experience, please email us with the title Rural Messy Church and we'll pass on the accumulated wisdom to Sue.

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Posted by Lucy Moore on 13 Sep 2008 (0 comments)

It was a very exciting day on Saturday - over a hundred people gathered in Hale to find out more about Messy Church and share ideas. You can imagine the buzz created by so many people with such a heart for God and for people not yet part of a church.

Posted by Lucy Moore on 08 Sep 2008 (0 comments)

Just off the phone from Helen Mason, who is part of the Messy Church leadership team in Petersfield - a churches together venture. I only rang to see if she could help out with an event... and have emerged with a head full of praise of God and all he's doing through Messy Church in the town.

Posted by Lucy Moore on 17 Aug 2008 (0 comments)

Early Christians in hot climes were thrown to the lions; modern British martyrdom seems to consist of near-death by exposure. In August. In the south of England. We decided to do an outside Messy Church to advertise ourselves a bit in the neighbourhood, so set up shop on the local playing field (with the council's permission.) Picture several acres of desolate wilderness with a Wuthering Heights-type gale whistling over it and one or two solitary dogwalkers braving the elements while everyone else sensibly stayed inside and cheered on our gold medallists in Beijing.

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