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Ideas for discipling a Christ-centred community by Lucy Moore. Alongside the usual mix of creativity, fun, Christian hospitality and thanksgiving Messy Church 2 explores the importance of discipleship, faith development and training for leadership.

Just had an enquiry about Holy Communion 'although most of the team are for it, one or two are against it: what would you say to them?' I thought it might be worth popping down the answer I've just sent.

To those who don’t agree with HC in MC, I would suggest that they think about what they believe the Eucharist is really all about and what they think Messy Church really is.

Just over a year ago I visited St Nicholas Messy Church, Abbots Bromely in Staffordshire. Here in their own words is the encouraging story of what has happened since then.

Time has flown since you visited us and we have been meaning for a while to get in touch with you and let you know how our Messy Church has developed.

This article appeared in Get Messy! Jan-April 2015 and is proving a very encouraging and thought-provoking one. So here it is as a taster for those of you who don't subscribe already.

Sue Taylor sent us the following liturgy that they are using for Communion. Her introduction:

Chris Rowberry and his team have been exploring Messy Communion. They have kindly written up an inspiring piece about their experiences of the service known as 945@945.

The Church Growth Research paper by Rev Dr George Lings and his team has created quite a stir in the Church of England. It explores the effect of fresh expressions in ten dioceses.

It's a while since we talked about Messy Eucharists. Chris emailed today asking if we knew of any happening, especially in an ecumenical setting. I've blogged in years past about St Wilf's ventures into the sacraments, but now that the website lets us take comments (whoop), and now that there are many Messy Churches who have given it a try, can we share some more experiences of Messy Communions?

Anyone got experience of holding Holy Communion in Messy Church or doing Messy Baptisms? We've featured some stories on this blog in the past but it would be good to hear some more.

Can you help Sam Hustwayte? He writes:

I am doing lay presidency for my MTh dissertation and wondered if you know of any Messy Churches that are lay led and have thought about / are doing anything about celebrating Communion and which I could approach to answer some questions for me. Contact Sam

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