Messy Church is one church's attempt to be church for families who might want to meet Jesus, belong to their local church and bring up their children as Christians but can't cope with traditional Sunday morning church services. It's a once-a-month time of creativity, worship and eating together.
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Get Messy! is a new four-monthly subscription resource for Messy Church leaders. Each issue contains four session outlines (one per month), including planning sheets and take-home handouts, together with information on the latest resources and events. It also seeks to encourage and refresh Messy Church leaders by providing monthly Bible studies, a column on taking time to recharge, and a problem page. Other features include a youth column, a day in the life of a Regional Coordinator and stories from Messy Churches around the world.
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There are three books Messy Church, Messy Church 2 and 3
The book is very easy to read and wonderfully inspirational with loads of practical ideas. Reviewed on the Lincoln and Grimsby Methodist Church website
For a taste of a realistic appraisal of the needs of the wider Church today, coupled with a wealth of well-judged, practical and supremely usable material, look no further than Messy Church. Reviewed in The Methodist Recorder.
Children's Synod - Synod Meeting 19th March 2016
Children and young people of the URC's Eastern Synod recently enjoyed the opportunity to meet together alongside the Synod's Spring meeting for the first time. Taking the theme of 'Dream', participants considered their dreams for children in the world today using the book 'God's Dream', written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, to them unpack the theme further. 'We speak different languages; have different customs and think in different ways. Yet we are all God's children, and God dreams that, like any family, we will learn to love each other and to live in peace together.' This theme came about due to a resolution which the Synod passed at its previous meeting concerning the plight of refugees and offering support to some of the projects designed to help their situation.