Tag Archives: Messy Church

Messy Church and children with additional needs

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‘You are the heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with our ancestors. He said to Abraham, “Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.” When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you’ (Acts 3:25-26, NIV, emphasis ours).

These are the first words in a theological reflection on discipleship, Messy Church and disability, provided by Cristina Gangemi, Author ©October 2010.

Entitled The full belonging and active inclusion of children with disabilities and their families, in Messy Church groups and activities, you can read the full reflection here.

Messy Church Pinterest board

messy churchMessy Church now have a Pinterest board!

They are pinning exciting ideas to share with you and to support you and your Messy Churches. They’ve gathered loads of resources with ideas on hospitality, SEND, Celebration ideas, outdoor activities, extreme crafts and so many more!

Click on the link https://www.pinterest.com/MessyChurchBRF/ to access an ever-expanding range of ideas.

Growing Messy Leaders training day

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CPAS brings their extensive experience of growing leaders in churches to help Messy Churches. BRF’s Messy Church team and CPAS are working together to help Messy Church team members and leaders of all ages become better leaders through team-building work and leadership theory and reflective practice. These hands-on, fun, fast-moving and action-packed training days will give to those aged 9-99 (and older if required) the opportunity to understand more of the practicalities of leading a Messy Church, develop their teamwork and reflect on their inner relationship with God and those around them.

Take your Messy team to a different level. Come as a team! Bring your leaders young and old! A fun, inspirational, useful and paradigm-shifting all-age training day.

When? Saturday 14 November 2015
Where? St Paul’s Church, Oak Rd, Bursledon, Southampton, Hampshire SO31 8DT
Cost? £10 per adult, children 9-16 free.

Click here for full details on the Messy Church website

Follow: a Christian day festival for 21st century disciples

follow 2016Hosted by the Central Readers’ Council of the Church of England and open to all:

Motivational teaching, practical resource centre, inspiring worship, 24-7 prayer, world food, Messy Church

With Paula Gooder, Mark Greene, Mark Russell, Pete James, Debbie Thrower and many others

Lucy, Jane and Martyn will all be there running Messy Church, leading seminars and looking forward to chatting to as many of you as possible.

Where: De Montfort Hall, Leicester

When: 16 July 2016 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

For further information and to book visit www.readers.cofe.anglican.org or tel 0116 233 3111

Cost: £5 per ticket, under 5s free. Block booking advised as there is a £3 booking fee per booking

 

Messy Church Conference 2016

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Celebrating and learning with the worldwide family of Messy Church

When: Monday, 16 May 2016 – 12:00pm to Wednesday, 18 May 2016 – 2:30pm

Where: High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, EN11 8SG. UK

An unmissable opportunity for all those involved in or interested in developing Messy Church to come together to share good practice and discover the latest developments in the fields of Messy mission and discipleship. Most importantly it is a chance to meet the Messy Church team and other practitioners from across the world. For all of us it will be a joy to seek God’s help with the way forward in our different nations and to make sure that, as it grows, it remains a global interdependent network based on godly friendship and mutual respect.

Messy Church is the most commonly used example of a fresh expression of church, with around 3000 registered examples across about 20 countries. What is being learnt in and through Messy Church is of benefit to anyone involved in other forms of fresh expression or more traditional church ministry.

Who is it for?

Particularly those with a strategic missional role locally, regionally or nationally such as:
•National and Regional Coordinators of Messy Church
•Mission Enablers and other church leaders who want to explore the possibilities of Messy Church in their country or region
•National or local Fresh Expressions Coordinators
•Leaders and teams of local Messy Churches from countries outside the UK
•Leaders and teams of Messy Churches in the UK

Click here for full details of what’s on, price and how to book

Messy liturgy – now there’s a thought!

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Posted by Martyn Payne on the Messy Church website recently:

I was interviewed this afternoon by Radio 4. The topic: what’s the point of The Prayer Book? The question: does Messy Church use The Prayer Book and does it have a liturgy? It’s hard to judge how well the interview went – it all was over in 10 minutes! – and anyway they may not even use my contribution, but it did get me thinking.

Now among the many Messy Churches I have visited, I have not yet come across one that uses The Prayer Book!! No surprise there! However I do wonder, particularly among those churches with a liturgical tradition, how much some leaders may have been unconsciously influenced by Cramner’s phrases and patterns in how they help their Messy Church congregations come close to God. And there’s nothing wrong with that!

However, when it comes to liturgy, that’s a broader question and of course it depends what you mean by liturgy. There is certainly structure and order to most Messy Church services or sessions as they move, noisily but purposefully, from welcome to creativity, from gathered story, prayer and songs, to shared meal and on to a farewell. You could perhaps argue that Messy Church is worship at its most interactive, conversational, intergenerational and hospitable best; but is this liturgy?

Where, you may ask, are the usual milestones that are found in The Prayer Book – namely bidding, confession, absolution, collect, scripture reading, sermon, intercessions and blessing? Are we missing something; or doesn’t it matter?

You can read the whole article here.

Growing Messy Leaders training and development day

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A training day for Messy Church teams of any denomination.

CPAS brings their extensive experience of growing leaders in churches to help Messy Churches. BRF’s Messy Church team and CPAS are working together to help Messy Church team members and leaders of all ages become better leaders through team-building work and leadership theory and reflective practice. This hands-on, fun, fast-moving and action-packed training day will give to those aged 9-99 (and older if required) the opportunity to understand more of the practicalities of leading a Messy Church, develop their teamwork and reflect on their inner relationship with God and those around them.

Take your Messy team to a different level. Come as a team! Bring your leaders young and old! A fun, inspirational, useful and paradigm-shifting all-age training day.

Saturday 14 November 2015, 10.00am at St Paul’s Church, Oak Rd, Bursledon, Southampton, Hampshire SO31 8DT

Cost £10 per adult, children 9-16 free.
All children aged 9-16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

To book please contact Jennifer.fradgley@winchester.anglican.org