Liturgy

Liturgy

In the last e-news we asked if anyone was doing anything interesting with liturgy. Karen Gardiner emailed from Elstree: I'm responding to a note in the Messy Church newsletter asking if anyone had any experience working with Anglican liturgy and Messy Church together, and I thought you may be interested what we have been doing. For the past school year, every week during term time, we have a Messy Mass after school on a Wednesday...

Messy Maundy

Ho hum, what an interesting time we had of it at Messy Church on Maundy Thursday. Planning was a nightmare: it was the first week of the school holidays - would anyone come? We decided they might, but in smaller numbers. First mistake. We had about a third as many again as our usual numbers - lots of parents who can't usually come because of work, so had thought 'carpe diem' during the holidays for a break and some adult company and free activities and perhaps, just perhaps, to remember with their children that there's more to Easter than chocolate.

Liturgy!

Not my favourite subject, as you may know, but apparently, as an Anglican, I am defined not by a statement of faith as some denominations are, but by the liturgy my church uses. Not sure yet if this is a good thing. 'I am not a number! I am a free man!' As my more educated friend grumbles, 'The Church has no say over the songs and hymns we use, and for most people, the theology they think about comes from what they sing, so why set such store by the liturgy?'

Messy Cathedral

Let me tell you about my Saturday!

Holy Communion

Reading and reflecting on an American book Come Unto Me - Rethinking the sacraments for children by Elizabeth Frances Caldwell (The Pilgrim Press 1996). Lots of useful and challenging stuff in it about the importance of faith at home and a partnership between the whole church and the household from which a child comes, both around baptism and around communion. As Messy Churches start including the sacrament of communion, it's worth bouncing what we do off the challenges in pages 57-8:

Our first Messy Communion...

How very interesting. And moving. And thought-provoking. Amidst great fear and trepidation, we held our first Messy Communion last night at our Easter Messy Church. We had wondered about doing it as an Agape Meal, this having the advantage that there aren't any set Anglican rules and also that everyone would be 'allowed' to have the bread and wine. But in the end we held out for Communion on the grounds that we don't mess around with the Sunday congregation giving them what in churchy terms could be seen as second best, so why should the Thursday congregation miss out?