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Our Messy Church
Our Messy Church
Our messy church is a congregation that is just as important as other congregations.
If the Sunday school is no more maybe God is bringing something new to birth by way of messy church, not trying to artificially resuscitate something that has done a wonderful job in its time.
It is a crucial foundational idea of Messy Church that it is for all ages, not just for children. We all learn best by having models around us, living it out for us, showing us what to do and more importantly how to do it. If children see that the adults don’t take part, doesn’t this mean that the message you’re sending out is ‘creativity is just for children’, or ‘ only under-elevens need to sit round a table to eat’ or ‘grown –ups don’t worship’?
Our messy church team is a combination of people with disabilities, women, teenagers, men , married people, children, parents and grandparents, people who aren’t perfect, people whose families are busy and messy. People who are simply responding to God’s call to serve his people and who are ready to grow in him along the way.
One of the glories of Messy Church is that it is church at its most pared down, so issues around robing or not robing, which form of the Creed to use, or whether to sing from a particular hymn book or to a CD backing track, simply don’t arise. We just get on with what we do best; sharing our love of Jesus with families in our community and growing church around them. This allows God’s Holy Spirit to shape us and the mysterious thing we call ‘church’ that happens when people come together in Jesus’ name