For the past three years I have been exploring ways of doing Messy Church, incorporating its key principles and values into other things that I do with children and families and working with a number of corps around the territory as they wrestle with providing church in a different format.
This momentum has seen 43 Salvo delegates join me at the recent Messy Church day with Lucy Moore (Messy Church founder) and more than 100 other representatives from churches around the country. It is exciting to see that our churches are looking for different ways to connect with people in our communities.
I was thrilled to meet with Lucy the day before the conference; she was so generous with her time and passion and I loved talking ‘Messy’ things with her. The two key messages that came from this was that Messy Church is not ‘just for children’—it is for all people and has been especially helpful in allowing playgroup dads and other men to engage with church. Secondly, Messy Church is not ‘a way to get people to come to Sunday church’—it is church. I look forward to continuing this journey with both Lucy and those in our corps who are exploring this very exciting new format. Go to www.messychurch.org for more information or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
On the website you will find heaps of resources, ideas, ways to connect, a blog of messy happenings, downloads etc