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Posted by Lucy Moore on 16 Oct 2007 (0 comments)

Very interesting discussion yesterday with Annie from Norwich Diocese (a very happening place, Norwich Diocese, and I'm not being ironic, there are lots of great things going on there). Annie's writing an M.A. dissertation on something to do with women who lead Fresh Expressions (FEs).

What came out, talking to Annie, is more the discrepancy I perceive - which may or may not be justified - in the different value given to lay and ordained leadership in the Church, and how it's much easier to be taken seriously if you are wearing a dog collar.

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Posted by Lucy Moore on 04 Oct 2007 (0 comments)

We got a very warm welcome and felt most honoured to be taken seriously. It's very reassuring that the C of E is employing this team to be thinkers and reflectors - very useful for people like us in our situation.

Perhaps the most poignant moment for me was when I expressed something along the lines of, 'We're not sure whether it would just be a bit of a pity if Messy Church closed down, or whether it's more important than that.' And George replied after some thought, 'I think it would be as if your child was knocked over and killed by a car on the way home from school.'

Posted by Lucy Moore on 21 Sep 2007 (0 comments)

One mum who has been coming for ages is a member of another local church. She is deeply loyal to her church but said to Paul last night, 'The only worship I get that I can relate to is once a month at Messy Church.'

God, forgive us as a church for short-changing you in this chronic way. Show us passion and vision. Add your yeast to the lumpy dough. Make us a community of people with purpose. Help us open the windows to a kingdom that is irresistible and everlasting. Let your sun rise.

Posted by Lucy Moore on 21 Sep 2007 (0 comments)

I wasn't expecting to be there, but unfortunately my torn disc in my back means I can't travel, so I wasn't in Bristol as I had planned. This also meant I wasn't responsible for a craft but spent my time 'doing a Jan' and floating round talking to people. And meant I was able to be on the door to welcome people, too, which was nice.

We set up a 'Quiet Corner' for the first time. Here's what it looked like:

Posted by Lucy Moore on 19 Sep 2007 (0 comments)

At the end of next week, Paul (my combined husband and vicar) and I are heading up to meet the Fresh Expressions thinktank team in Sheffield, at the Church Army HQ.

Claire Dalpra, George Lings, Andrew Wooding and Colin Brown will be there and it's our chance to chew over these big questions and to try to find a fruitful way forward for Messy Churches.

What questions to chew over, though? Here are some of my initial thoughts:

Posted by Lucy Moore on 18 Sep 2007 (0 comments)

What an interesting afternoon on Saturday. The URC church in Brixham, Devon, had kindly invited me to come and help them out with their thinking on Messy Church. They've done three MCs now and are getting lots of new families and unaccompanied children in.

It's been in the diary for many moons, and I was looking forward to it, so I zoomed down the A303 to join them for a great lunch (sausage casserole plus bring and share: best of both worlds - I just wish I wasn't so nervous on these occasions that I can't do full justice to other people's puddings.)

Posted by Lucy Moore on 13 Sep 2007 (0 comments)

There's a wonderful Fresh Expression of church called Open Doors in Calne in Wiltshire, who are far-sighted enough not just to get on with their own thing but to share it with others as well, and they invited me to talk about Messy Church at an open evening to encourage other churches who were interested as well as their own.

This was a jolly one, as we weren't sure who was coming or from where, and as far as I knew, nobody present would have any idea what Messy Church is or why they should do it.

Posted by Lucy Moore on 07 Sep 2007 (0 comments)

The other question we've been chewing over at our planning meeting is how to involve the Sunday congregations more in Messy Church, both as helpers and to make it clear that this is an opportunity for them to invite neighbours and friends along and enjoy coming as a member themselves.

Posted by Lucy Moore on 06 Sep 2007 (0 comments)

If discipleship is about learning to ask the right questions, then in teaching and discipleship terms, this means putting solid foundation stones in place right from the start, not fake blocks of polystyrene that wobble when you try to stand on them in a storm.

Posted by Lucy Moore on 05 Sep 2007 (0 comments)

Planning meeting last week: lots of time saved, I hope, by having had time over the summer to plan a programme longer than just one term. We now have themes in place until Christmas 2008. Huzzah!


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