Get Messy! May-August 2019

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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, relevent and encouraging articles and a problem page. Other features include a youth column and stories from Messy Churches around the world.

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Sessions in this issue

  • Pray, pray, pray (Luke 18:1–8)
  • Dazzling disciples (Genesis 15:1–6)
  • Everything worships God (Psalm 8)
  • Created for community (Genesis 2:4–7, 18–22)

In detail

The first four Holy Habits in this issue are prayer, making more disciples, worship and fellowship. In May, which you might want to link to the Thy Kingdom Come prayer movement, we look at Jesus’ parable of the persistent widow who never gives up on the judge. Imagine inspiring a generation of people who refuse to give up praying!

In June, we go to the very core of what it means to be a community of believers and look at the way the early Christians lived in the Spirit and how their numbers grew in Acts 2. The resonances with your own Messy Church may well be striking.

In July, we ponder what it means to worship God, enjoying the psalmist’s worship in Psalm 8 with its archetypal awe and wonder, and in August, we look at the first couple, Adam and Eve, and their community of God, humanity, earth and animals – all living in joyful community together. We try not to repeat Bible stories too often in Get Messy! and surprisingly, perhaps, we haven’t looked at Genesis 2—3 before, so I’m looking forward to the Facebook photos from this session.

As you enjoy these familiar stories and themes, do reflect for yourselves on what they might mean in your own walk with Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to draw your life and attitudes even more into line with God’s purposes for you.

Also in this issue

  • Lucy Moore writes
  • Stories from Messy churches far and wide
  • Seriously Messy
  • Messy Church (still) does science
  • Messy Café
  • Companions for the journey
  • Youth column
  • The lowdown on Messy Vintage
  • #discipleship: team
  • Mothers' Union gets messy!

Support material

The following extra resources are available to download for this issue of Get Messy! 

Note for activity 3 (Perpetual prayer) in May: You might like to try this activity with a fizzy liquid such as carbonated water or coke, as you are likely to get better results.