Exploring Messy Values - All-age

How do we demonstrate all-togetherness when we are all-apart? Summary of the Facebook Live with Martyn Payne, 6 May 2020

Messy Values Colouring Sheets

We're very grateful to Messy Church New Zealand and Annalies Berends for sharing these beautiful colouring sheets on the Messy Church values from the New Zealand Messy Church Conference in 2020. There's a colouring sheet and bookmark for each value plus a 'compilation' sheet of all the values in one big festive explosion and a sheet of all the bookmarks on one page. Download colouring sheets

God's Word for Messy People

I wrote this book trying to be as honest and grounded as I could. I expect some people will disapprove of me admitting to sometimes feeling ‘meh’ when Jesus is mentioned. It's not a feeling I’m proud of, but it’s important not to pretend to each other that we all live on some super-spiritual plane where we feel all the ‘right’ feelings. And sometimes I do get a bit fed up with the same concepts, clichés, stories I’ve heard a thousand times.

7 Reasons to be thankful for Messy Church

August holidays can be a good time to step back from the push and shove of routines and do a little reflecting. It’s also for many of us in Messy Church a month off without the urgency of a new session to plan, crafts and activities to prepare, a story to write, a meal to buy for. So, before these lazy days disappear, here are my messy summer reflections - some of the reasons I want to say thank you for Messy Church:

Top Tips for being all-age in Messy Church

  Kliederkirk is the name given to Messy Church by our friends in the Netherlands.In their recent newsletter to their own 'Messy Church' family of churches they included some top tips on becoming and staying all-age.We thought you might like to read them, especially number 8 with its recommendations for making adults feel welcome at the meal!

If Messy Church really is church...

This blog explores what 'church' really is.

Exploring celebration

Celebration is the name we've given to the most traditional worship part of Messy Church - the 15 minutes of story, song, prayer and whatever else we bring into the gathered worship of the whole session. It's also a broader term for marking with joy or sorrow a significant event, for making that event count in our community's life. Celebration can be engaging, fun, joyful: where people's perception of church is that it is boring, we need to show them that the church worships a God who is totally engaging.

All-age responses

Hoorah and thank you for so many responses to the all-age part of the recent newsletter - here are some so far. Anthony Oram writes from Beverley in a self-confessed rant:

Hospitality thoughts

Great to have feedback from the newsletter musings. Thank you to Margaret for her email: Hi,

Messy values - creativity

It's great to get thoughtful responses to the E-News- you may remember that this month's includes some questions about the activity time of a Messy Church and the value of 'creativity'. Dermot Wynne from St Francis of Assisi in Welwyn Garden City was kind enough to send his thoughts. I don't think he has any doubts that the activity time is much more than a bit of fun. Is the activity time in Messy Church just a crowd-puller, crowd-pleaser and time filler?