Messy Church

Fresh ideas for building a Christ-centred community

Discipleship

Ideas for discipling a Christ-centred community by Lucy Moore. Alongside the usual mix of creativity, fun, Christian hospitality and thanksgiving Messy Church 2 explores the importance of discipleship, faith development and training for leadership.

Fifteen sessions for exploring the Christian life with families by Lucy Moore. A new resource for Messy Churches, providing a further 15 sessions focused around key 'Christian basics' themes such as prayer and reading the Bible. There is also an introduction exploring and addressing situations that have arisen in different Messy Churches.

Thank you to Lindsey at Community United Methodist Church Messy Church, Huntington Beach, California, USA for allowing us to publish her story.

Since the Messy Church forum held in November last year, I continue to reflect on the issues raised by centre/edge tension. This is something that we all face, to a greater or lesser extent.

Here are my musings!

Standish Methodist Messy Church recently held its first Messy baptisms. Tracey Fitzsimmons, the Family Worker at Standish nr Wigan, also our new Regional Coordinator for Wigan, was delighted with how it went and the baptism family were even more delighted.

A growing number of Messy Churches are daring to take their Messy families away for a weekend. It's proving a great way to deepen friendships made at Messy Church and to help young and old on their discipleship journeys.

Aike Kennett-Brown is our Regional Coordinator in south-east London, working as a Messy pioneer out of St John's, Blackheath. Those of you who were at the Messy Church International Conference in May will have heard her speak briefly about her plans for 'Messy munches' as a way of establishing all-age discipleship groups for her Messy Church families.

Round 6: 'Maximising the Mess' - How can we encourage discipleship in Messy Church?

Messy Churches are learning about discipleship and how to do it in this Messy context, with families who have never been part of a church before. It's an ongoing process and we haven't yet reached an ultimate solution: we don't think we ever will! But we are learning lots, thanks to the wisdom and generosity of teams around the world who are so pleased to share, and we want to share some tips with you. 

The Messy Church team have put together a 'Maximising the Mess' guide with really helpful advice on discipleship and Messy ChurchHere are ways of exploring and growing discipleship that make sense in a Messy setting.

Reflections from a recent Messy Church visit

No doubt it was because I was deep into Lucy's Messy Hospitality as I travelled to a Messy Church recently that I couldn't help experiencing the visit through the lens of how welcoming everything and everybody was. I was pleased to say this Messy Church scored highly!

Is it just me or do you find that your involvement with Messy Church is beginning to have more of an impact than you could ever imagine?

I suppose more than most I've had the opportunity of being part of lots of Messy Churches up and down the country in my role within the BRF Messy Church team, and maybe this is why I am feeling the impact more, but I don't think I'm alone. Certainly Jane and Lucy in our team feel the same.

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