A couple of queries from Narelle in Australia. Any help for her from your experience?
We have been running Messy Church once a month for nearly a year now.
And have seen it grown.
Each time, we evaluate it and try to work out how we can do it better.
Anyone got any funny, cautionary, inspirational or thought-provoking anecdotes about their Messy Celebrations you could share for a book coming out next year? As short as you like - I'm running out of word count. Send 'em to me as soon as you like. By yesterday is fine. Many thanks!
Alison Wooding asks for help:
I was just wondering if there is any chance you could email (or blog?) Messy Church leaders/preachers for me to ask them how they explain salvation/the work of Christ on the cross. Do they favour a certain atonement model and what craft and or visual aid would/do/did they use for the talk?'
Do email her if you have any cross illustrations.
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
Calling Messy Musicians! We're in the early stages of planning a Messy Music resource. Do you have any original songs written by people in your church that you've found go down well at your Messy Church? Do you think they'd be useful to other Messy Churches? If you'd like them to be considered for a Messy CD, do send them my way, either as an MP3 file or on CD or paper to BRF, 15 The Chambers, Vineyard, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 3FE.
Can any Anglicans help?
I'm compiling data about Anglican liturgy in Messy Church and would be very grateful to hear of any examples of bishops who have used Common Worship in a Messy Church context: baptism, confirmation or communion in particular.
Can anyone share some ideas? Sandra from Hoy in the Orkneys is just starting up with Messy Church and could use some solidarity from rural churches. And reading about her motivation and situation, I'd like to send her lots of encouragement and cheering-on for a great start in a tough situation. Not many of us can say we had 7% of our local population at our first Messy Church!
Here's her request:
We changed a few things last night at our October Messy Church: we decided at Messy Tea that the opening half hour was becoming a little stale and limp, so we had just a handful of games out and turned the focus on to one big, easy activity for everyone to come and join in with as they arrived. We also had a more organised welcome table and only one entrance, so everybody was greeted by name or, if we didn't know them, by a friendly face. Both of these gave a lot of energy to the start time. We also asked the team to come and chat more, rather than setting up their crafts in that time.