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You may have seen the beautifully-lit pictures on the web and the meaningful interpretations of the symbolism. The Japanese have an artform known as kintsugi which involves mending a broken pot with molten gold so that the end result is very beautiful in a different way from the original article. I’ve wondered about how this might happen at Messy Church, but have never managed to persuade our treasurer to find the budget for gold nuggets and a young forge. (I mean, how is one supposed to fulfil one’s potential in such miserly circumstances?

I’m playing with the idea of ‘fun’ again.

Fascinating developments in Messy Worcester (try saying that without your teeth in). Anyone got any similar stories to share with Alex? Anyone done, for example, a similar thing but with a more science or engineering slant to it? Or do you feel strongly that you'd want to make it all age? Comments welcome.

Dear Lucy

Record of discussions from
The 2nd Godly Play/Messy Church Conversation Day

2nd September 2014
held at St Bertelin’s Church, Stafford

Following the interest in the first Godly Play/Messy Church conversation day which was held in London in June, a second gathering was planned in the Midlands.
There were 28 delegates in total, most of whom were Godly Play practitioners and/or leaders in Messy Churches, although there were a few who had very little experience of either. Our furthest travelled participant came from the north of Scotland!

Feedback from the second conversation day

Following the interest in the first Godly Play/Messy Church conversation day which was held in London in June, a second gathering took place last month in the Midlands.

The day was facilitated on behalf of Godly Play by Kathryn Lord who is a Godly Play trainer based in Sheffield; the chair of the Godly Play Trust, Alison Summerskill; Lucy Moore and Martyn Payne from the BRF Messy Church team; and Cerys Hughes who is the Messy Church Adviser for Lichfield Diocese.

A craft-based journal for Messy Church members by Lucy Moore. Messy Crafts is a craft book with a difference! As well as bulging with craft ideas to inspire your creativity at Messy Church, it is also a journal to scribble in, doodle on and generally make your own.

It's great to get thoughtful responses to the E-News- you may remember that this month's includes some questions about the activity time of a Messy Church and the value of 'creativity'. Dermot Wynne from St Francis of Assisi in Welwyn Garden City was kind enough to send his thoughts. I don't think he has any doubts that the activity time is much more than a bit of fun.

Is the activity time in Messy Church just a crowd-puller, crowd-pleaser and time filler?

A visit to Marlene Wylie and the Creative Arts Fellowship (CAFe) she and others run at their church in East London. Amongst the knitting needles and crochet hooks - including the beautiful sight of young Joe learning to knit on five-foot long needles and saying proudly after a row, as he pointed disparagingly to the ladies busily clacking away with their intricate patterns: 'How come they've been knitting all this long time and they've only done that little bit when I've done all this already?' - we managed a fruitful conversation about what's going on when people are being creative.

I was gutted to read the Mr Men book Mr Messy (by Roger Hargreaves and originally published in 1972), who should be, after all, a hero of Messy Church. But no! This book tells a tragic story. Mr Messy (who resembles a glorious pink tangle of wool) is leading his messy, dangerous, free-range life when he comes across the repulsive, nay sinister, pair Mr Neat and Mr Tidy in their black and white suits and bowler hats.