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Get Messy! January - April 2018

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Get Messy! is a four-monthly subscription resource for Messy Church leaders.

Each issue contains four session outlines (one per month), including planning sheets and take-home handouts, together with information on the latest resources and events.

It also seeks to encourage and refresh Messy Church leaders by providing monthly Bible studies, a column on taking time to recharge, and a problem page.

Other features include a youth column, a day in the life of a Regional Coordinator and stories from Messy Churches around the world.

Sessions in this issue

  • Stairway to heaven
  • True family
  • Second chances
  • New life and healing

In detail:

We love the story of Jacob on the run in the desert, having made a complete mess of things at home. In January we look at how God sends him a life-changing dream just at the moment when he is arguably most lost. Angels going from heaven to earth and back on God's mission... what better way to reveal the hidden dimension of God's work?

In February we take a look at a moment when Jesus is hardly at his most gentle, but where he reveals something tough about family life and our primary place of belonging. We explore the joys and challenges of being 'family' together.

In March another challenge comes up as we celebrate Good Friday and Easter once again: can we avoid the temptation to reduce Easter to bunnies and chocolate eggs? Can we share the pivotal story of Jesus' death and resurrection with the families who come?

And in April we enjoy the amazing work of Jesus in healing a woman and raising a child from the dead. How might this healing and loving power be at work in our lives today? How powerful is Jesus? How much does he care about 'the last, the least and the lost' and which character in this account might our Messy families most identify with?

Also in this issue

  • Lucy Moore writes
  • Stories from Messy churches far and wide
  • Messy Cumbria
  • Thy Kingdom Come
  • Getting our hands messy
  • Messy Church goes to school
  • Resourcing team discipleship
  • Youth column
  • Messy resources
  • The Messy Splat Challenge
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