Discipleship

A story from Messy Church Canada

On the last day of the Messy Church conference in Canada, we heard this story from Neil Mancor, who is minister of the Anglican Parish of St George, Ste Anne-de-Bellevue, QC. Neil is also Regional Coordinator for Messy Church in Quebec, Ottawa, Maritimes.

Lindsey's Story

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

Thoughts from New Zealand

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!

Messy Baptism joy

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 Messy weekend camp

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.

'Maximising the Mess' Mondays: Discipleship

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. 

How do we encourage discipleship in Messy Church?

Here are ways of exploring and growing discipleship that make sense in a Messy setting. How do we encourage discipleship? Jesus said, ‘... go and make disciples of all nations…’ Matthew 28:18–19, NIV

An hospitable church

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!

Messy Church and me

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.

What Messy Church is doing

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.