This DVD tells the story of Messy Church and explores the issues it raises through conversations with leaders from around the UK and meeting the children and adults who make up the congregations.
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!
I've just had to fill in a form about what sort of leadership activity I'm engaged in. What on earth will they do with this list? Is this what they mean, I wonder? What would you add or take away as a fellow Messy Church leader?
Q: What type of leadership activity do you consider you are engaged in personally?
Messy Church at All Saints Church, Hoole, met for years on a Thursday after school. It was successful in that they averaged around 50 each month but there was something missing. Helen Ellis, Messy coordinator, prayed for men to come along, to play and interact with their children and perhaps to join the small leadership team. Helen decided to take a risk and change the day that their Messy Church met.
We've put together a helpful introduction to Messy Church for church leaders. Hopefully this will be a useful tool to use to talk to your church leaders about Messy Church.
The PDF includes endorsements, benefits for your church and some of the why and how.
Messy Church - the DVD aims to give people an understanding of what Messy Church is and an opportunity to explore the values behind it so that new Messy Churches can be started from a position of understanding, and existing ones can be encouraged to develop and grow. It uses examples of small and large Messy Churches from several denominations, from urban and rural settings, and from the north and south of the UK.