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.
At The Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF), home of Messy Church, we just want to help you do what you do even better. Here's a project to ask your team about: The Great Big BRF Mess-About!
There’s a big difference between the tingle and terror that zaps around the team just before your first ever Messy Church and the less urgent feeling just before your 45th month of Mess. It’s only human – human beings thrive on novelty and innovation, so when things settle into a routine, it can be hard to keep on believing in it in your heart as well as in your head. It can be hard to muster up the energy, to feel thankful to God, to feel inspired to make the most of every minute of the Mess.
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.
A wonderful group of Messy Church enthusiasts came to Lee Abbey last year to find out more about Messy Church. One was Alison Thurlow from Yate near Bristol. She emailed with some very good ideas right from the coalface:
Working with people from outside the church
A 'next step' day for Messy Church leaders in our area, that's what we wanted it to be. And as we thought about what to do, we became more and more clear that we wanted to reflect our Messy values in what we offered. So instead of an 'adults only' training day, we put our thinking caps on and worked out how to make it a day that all ages could enjoy and benefit from. That way, all the Messy Church team, young and old could come together and be sure of an entertaining and worthwhile day out.