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Back from the Sheffield Centre

Posted by Lucy Moore on 04 Oct 2007

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.'

September Messy Church

Posted by Lucy Moore on 21 Sep 2007

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:

More reflections after the September Messy Church

Posted by Lucy Moore on 21 Sep 2007

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.

Collecting questions

Posted by Lucy Moore on 19 Sep 2007

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:

A church stepping out on the Messy Church journey

Posted by Lucy Moore on 18 Sep 2007

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.)

Messy Church in a very evangelical setting

Posted by Lucy Moore on 13 Sep 2007

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.

Involving the Sunday congregation

Posted by Lucy Moore on 07 Sep 2007

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.

Our programme for 2008

Posted by Lucy Moore on 06 Sep 2007

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.

Discipleship in programme planning

Posted by Lucy Moore on 05 Sep 2007

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!

PCC and the social outing

Posted by Lucy Moore on 26 Jul 2007

Two things to talk about today: the first is the PCC meeting last week where I did a catchy-uppy report on Messy Church to fill everyone in. One member saw me sit down and muttered, 'Oh this won't take long, I expect you just want more money.'

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