Messy Church

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Discipleship

Following on from our 'messy meet-up' with the loyal volunteers that help us run our MC in Morden. We had a discussion how we are able to take some ideas from the book written by Paul Moore on how to make Disciples in our MC.

We had been praying for a way to have a deeper conversation about Jesus with the many families that we come in contact with in our community through playgroup and other programs. We have trialled Messy Church services this year. Next Sunday will be our eighth and we are having a ball!

When we look back over the 100plus people who have attended, approximately 40% are people who would not normally attend our other church services.

Ruth Burrows and her team at Chichester St Pancras Messy Church have been treading grapes and bottling the wine! Definitely a team to go and visit when it tastes better. It takes time for wine to mature, but the new wine of families in this Messy Church is bubbling away in an exciting vintage all of its own, and it's good to see the church is happy to sew new wineskins to contain it.

Ruth shared her thoughts on a year of Messy Church. She writes:

Alstonville Messy Church, Australia

Trent Minton, a Messy friend in New South Wales wrote an encouraging email recently and in it mused on his Messy Church's efforts towards discipleship:

Nancy Rowe from St George's Church, Canada and her church have been growing people from their Messy Church using 'A Spirited Study'. Nancy writes:

Cerys Hughes in Lichfield Diocese and her team have held their first Family Cafe, and Cerys has kindly written about it. If you're thinking about a follow-on from Messy Church, it could be a great inspiration.

Nancy Rowe in Georgetown, Canada, writes about her church's group formed to help people go deeper in faith:

More ideas for Messy discipleship, published resources from Jo Gill, a Messy Church leader, and Paul Griffiths, a missioner, author and evangelist.

Jo Gill writes:

'It was good to see you and Messy Church at the Big Church Day out!

Our thoughts on discipleship continue. Here is the summing-up that I wrote after recent discussions with people wiser than I am. By no means the end of the story but another step on it.

We are coming to see that discipleship in the Messy Church context is about some of the following:

It's been a brain-wringing time for Jane, me and the rest of the BRF Messy Church Team as we've had two events recently to focus on the question of discipleship in Messy Church. The first was a gathering of Messy Church leaders and church growth / discipleship course experts at St John's College Nottingham for a full day's discussion. The second was a morning with the Church Army Sheffield Centre Research Team in Sheffield.

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