Blog posts for 2016-07
Talking about God during Messy Church
One problem which a lot of Messy Church teams face, is how to talk about God with the families who come to their activity table. Many people simply don't feel confident to mention the G-word. I was chatting about this with a team from the south coast today and one wise person shared the insight that their team find it easier than many to chat about God-stuff, because most of them are in home groups and spend a lot of time there simply taking about God.
Church Urban Fund have written a paper on loneliness and how churches can combat this sense of isolation that so many people suffer from. It strikes me that Messy Church might be one small way churches can respond to the challenge of loneliness. In the summary, Tim Burton-Jones writes that the three main findings are:
Group based activities are better than one-to-one interventions
Messy Brave Ones
Lucy, Martyn and I were supporting the recent 'Follow' event, last week, with Messy activities and seminars. This Leicestershire event celebrated 150 years of the Church of England Readers. We rapidly realised that what folk wanted was a 'pop in' opportunity to chat about the Messy possibilities in their churches. So we set up an ongoing Messy Clinic so that we could listen, share and advise all day long (and engage all ages with activities on hospitality with clay, wood and marbling!). What a blessing for us!
Messy Vintage Coordinator
Welcome to Katie Norman, our latest coordinator with a specialist focus. Katie is our first Messy Vintage Coordinator supporting the wonderful work among older people.
Lucy Moore shares the Messy Vintage story:
More Messy support for NSW and ACT in Australia
Welcome to Emma Parr who will be supporting Regional Coordinators Richard Turnbull and Kaye Lewis in NSW and ACT, Australia. Emma will be our Messy NSW and ACT Support Coordinator as more Messy Churches register with us.