Blog posts for 2017-02
Mess as mystery
While most of the people who read the Messy Church blog will, with me, rise up in ire, wielding a pitchfork at the description of Messy Church as ‘a brand of work with children’ (yes, I share your pain), Bishop David touches on something important about the value of messiness to the way we are church together.
A New French Connection
Despite Brexit, Messy Church is doing its best to maintain the ‘entente cordiale’!
Last month I met up with Marie Billon who is a journalist based in this country working for Reform Magazine in France and I took her along to Messy Church in north east London. She was interested to write an article about this new style of church that is taking the western world by storm, although to be fair there aren’t any Messy Churches that we know of yet in France.
The Synod Speech That Never Was
Alas, despite bobbing up and down like a rare ornithological specimen, I wasn’t called upon to contribute to the debate on the ‘Setting God’s People Free’ report about lay people in the CofE. So here is what I would have said. You’ll have to imagine the riotous laughter, standing ovation, thrown roses and subsequent calls of ‘Encore!’ that would no doubt have met it.
Thoughts from New Zealand
Since the Messy Church forum held in November last year, I continue to reflect on the issues raised by centre/edge tension. This is something that we all face, to a greater or lesser extent.
Here are my musings!
Let's go Dutch!
We're delighted to announce that BRF has just finalised an agreement for JOP, the organisation behind Kliederkerk, to be the official 'home' for Messy Church in the Netherlands! We've known the Kliederkerk team for well over a year now and they are a total delight to work with, and great believers in cake, so we are all very happy. The work began with Martine and Jonna, whom many of you met at the Conference last year.