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Discipleship

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.

I found myself waxing lyrical in a recent email about the oddness of what we're doing in Messy Church. It's a funny time to be a Christian - as to some, this description of church sounds old hat, and to others, it’s incomprehensible.

Great example of God using individuals and various forms of church to draw someone closer to him and to bless them. Thank you to Charles Sugden from Locks Heath for sending it in:

I would just like to encourage you further with a phone call I received yesterday from one of my parish community. Through St John's School he had come with his young daughter to Messy Church and we had got chatting several times as the crafts took place.

Emma Coy is Children and Families Minister at Holy Trinity Claygate. She has been on the leadership team of 4 O'Clock Church since its inception and is enthusiastic about finding creative ways for God's people to learn and worship together. She writes about the extra weekly service that has come from their Messy Church ministry.

'In a quiet country corner of this troubled and violent world a young Jewish girl, like the rest of her people, thinks life will be pretty much the same tomorrow as it was yesterday. But God is on the move...'

Martyn got mathematically poetic recently about discipleship. This is thought-provoking:

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