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Our first Messy Communion...

Posted by Lucy Moore on 28 Mar 2008

How very interesting. And moving. And thought-provoking. Amidst great fear and trepidation, we held our first Messy Communion last night at our Easter Messy Church. We had wondered about doing it as an Agape Meal, this having the advantage that there aren't any set Anglican rules and also that everyone would be 'allowed' to have the bread and wine. But in the end we held out for Communion on the grounds that we don't mess around with the Sunday congregation giving them what in churchy terms could be seen as second best, so why should the Thursday congregation miss out?

Back from Lee Abbey

Posted by Lucy Moore on 15 Feb 2008

Happy days... just back from a course at Lee Abbey focusing on Messy Church with about 20 wonderful people, ranging from those who were already running their own Messy Church to those who were really there for a nice time by the sea, and why not? It was a lovely group of enthusiastic generous people and we had some very interesting discussions.

Money!

Posted by Lucy Moore on 31 Jan 2008

Back on 28 November 2007 I wrote about applying for money from the Diocese to do some pioneer work on discipleship with Messy Church families. We've been granted it! This is very wonderful and completely terrifying. No excuse now to put off doing anything about developments, so the whole area of 'But it might not work / it could all go horribly wrong / what if no-one wants to do it? / we might FAIL' suddenly rears its ugly head like a mythological monster.

Children's Ministry Conference

Posted by Lucy Moore on 29 Jan 2008

What fun it was (as well as a privilege) to speak about Messy Church at the Children's Ministry Conference again this year. A lovely crowd of people, most of whom seemed not to have come across Messy Church before, so very enterprising of them to come to a seminar on it when there was so much else on offer. Even my panic at running a PowerPoint on someone else's hardware were dispersed by Graham Nunn stepping in nobly with his laptop and generously playing the role of glamorous assistant for the hour. So all I had to do was enthuse.

The Directory

Posted by Lucy Moore on 28 Jan 2008

I'm well chuffed with the steady trickle of Messy Churches coming on to the Directory. This will be really useful, both so that we can pray for each other and as people try to find one near them to visit... ... especially as I foolishly didn't write down the addresses of the Messy Churches I found by googling a while back, and when asked actually to send details of one I'd mentioned in Coventry, couldn't find it again.

Foiled again!

Posted by Lucy Moore on 04 Jan 2008

Oh dear. My cunning plot to save frantic ringing round the planning team at the last minute each month, saying desperately, 'We have to plan Messy Church tonight. Can you come?' has not got off to a good start. It should have been simple! A little plan with the date of the Messy Church, the planning meeting and the subject for each month, all ready to be jotted down in diaries. I should have been worried when D rang to ask if we had a meeting that night, as she hadn't heard anything.

End of Term Messy Church

Posted by Lucy Moore on 21 Dec 2007

We really thought there would be no one this month - well, perhaps a faithful few. Messy Church was scheduled to be on the day after the last day of term for most local schools. It had to be then, as the week before was filled with Christmas events at school and church - Carol services, concerts... you know how it is. A quiet Messy Church would be no bad thing, as we were all exhausted.

Messy Merchandise

Posted by Lucy Moore on 30 Nov 2007

My two brothers have come up with the idea of producing some merchandise with a Messy Church logo on. Unlike them, I run whimpering for the hills at the thought of commerce, but something in me does warm to the idea of providing the possibility of good quality stuff that would a) be actually useful at Messy Church sessions b) would go back into homes and help families feel that they belong to the Messy Community by reminding them of its existence.

Running after God

Posted by Lucy Moore on 28 Nov 2007

Things move on so fast! Suddenly we have new possibilities opening up for building our Messy Community. The deanery has funds, made available by the loss of a vicar in one of the parishes, and the money can go to a Kairos project - in brief, something outreach-y, like Messy Church. I suddenly realized this money was up for grabs but that any project needed PCC approval and Deanery Synod approval. PCC meets every eight weeks and Deanery Synod every quarter or so, and it just so happened that PCC was the next day and Deanery Synod was in three days' time.

The frustrations of letting go

Posted by Lucy Moore on 24 Nov 2007

It is so hard to do this Messy Church thing properly! Had we but space enough and time, and no life except church, it would be far easier. But we don't seem to be able even to meet and plan the immediate session in luxurious leisure, let alone make long-term plans.

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