In September, BRF (The Bible Reading Fellowship) is running a Grandparents' Festival. This afternoon is to celebrate grandparents. Do come along with your families and people in your community (no need to be related) to enjoy having fun together across the generations.
Please take for granted all the usual caveats about being wary of what we mean by a ‘family’. For the purposes of this blog, I mean a group of people of all ages living together and more or less dependent on each other and that might mean anything from a single dad and three children from different relationships to a step family, to a mum, dad and six children to a widowed grandparent bringing up a grandchild.
This link popped up on my Twitter Feed today http://ericgeiger.com/2015/07/the-important-stats-about-our-cultural-context/#.VbcpiZXH-1t (thank you Simon Bowkett) which states in its initial summary: 52% of Americans believe worshipping alone or with one’s family is a valid replacement for regularly attending church.
More sabbatical musings. Another aspect of Messy Church is 'the ordinary'.
Messy Family Fun
A holiday club for all the family
'Nothing else we've tried has had anything like the same impact'
Fun, low-cost holiday time for your Messy Church families that strengthens their relationships with each other - and yours with them!
Messy Family Fun gives you everything you need to run a holiday club programme for children and adults together. It includes:
We recently did an Easter Family Journey when we invited both the Messy Church and main Church families to journey together through the events of the Easter week. I guess we should have called it 'Messy Stations of the Cross' as it was based on 4 zones - Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday - with an explanation and 2 craft activities per zone. We started in church with hot cross buns and refreshments and then in (strict!) 10 minute-apart groups, we walked into a Palm Sunday drama and then followed around the zones.
This is a very valuable resource and will be a great "next step" for Messy Churches.
Are you involved in adoption or fostering? Care for the Family want to hear from you. Check out this link
It's been a brain-wringing time for Jane, me and the rest of the BRF Messy Church Team as we've had two events recently to focus on the question of discipleship in Messy Church. The first was a gathering of Messy Church leaders and church growth / discipleship course experts at St John's College Nottingham for a full day's discussion. The second was a morning with the Church Army Sheffield Centre Research Team in Sheffield.