Messy Church: A Multigenerational Mission for Gods Family by Ross ParsleyAs a Christian and the wife of a minister, church and ministry are always on my mind. Hubby and I talk ministry in the car, around the table, and all sorts of random places. Were passionate about helping to connect others to God and His plan for abundant life. Thats why Im often reading books like Messy Church.
Im not an expert on church models and I dont claim to be, but Messy Church makes so much sense to me. In our fourteen years of ministry together, Hubby and I have seen what happens when churches focus on reaching and keeping one group and only that one group. While those in the specific group are happy enough, an its all about me mindset in a church is a dangerous thing. Reaching out to non-believers often becomes nonexistent and growth and discipleship just become churchy words.
Ross Parsley brings a new idea to the table in Messy Church. Rather than banking on popular models, approaching our churches like actual families is the key to reaching and engaging generations across our congregations. I love the concept of the family worship table, where Sunday services are likened to Sunday dinner with the family. Grandparents, parents, teenagers, children, and babies are all joined by the table and the community that is found there. And were not talking the Thanksgiving setup where the children are tucked away to eat at the table in the corner. Were talking all generations breaking bread together, at the same table, engaging in the same conversation. What a beautiful picture!
By treating church like family, theres no room for elevating one groups needs (or wants) above the rest. Its not about who prefers what; its about doing life together. Families do life together, learn together, mess up together, clean up together, celebrate together, and rest together. If the people in your church are your family, why on earth wouldnt you want to worship together?
If you serve in church ministry, Messy Church is a must read!
Creating an all age, fun, and messy church
Foundations: No. Messy church theology: Exploring the significance of messy church for the wider church Ed. I first heard of Messy Church a few years ago but finding out more about it was not a priority. Then last summer I was invited to preach at a fellowship in the south of England, with a view to perhaps becoming its pastor. Apparently some tens of new contacts had been made and maintained, although apart from coming along to special seasonal events none of these had made the hoped-for transition to the traditional weekly services. The editor, George Lings, sums it up in five statements, each containing an affirmation and a denial: . The name and format were soon copied and after five years there were ninety-nine known Messy Churches, a figure that has doubled yearly so that by August two thousand such congregations were registered in the UK alone.
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And according to this researcher and writer, it is changing how families experience church, and how — and when — church welcomes families. Over the past decade a new form of church has arisen and begun to spread across the U. It is a multi-generational and multi-sensory worship and learning experience called Messy Church, in which grandparents, parents and children participate in crafts, singing, storytelling and games, focused on stories from the Bible and key Christian teachings. Often partnered with a shared meal, Messy Church is highly social and interactive. But there are hard questions being asked of Messy Church. Is it really worship? Is it actually making disciples of Jesus Christ?
Creating a church service that caters for people of all ages and backgrounds is not an easy task. Add in the fact that a growing number of young families view church as irrelevant, and a difficult task looks dangerously close to evolving into a nationwide problem. Working with a small team at BRF, Lucy has spent the last 10 years working hard to bridge the gap between communities and churches. You may not have heard of Lucy Moore, but the chances are a church near you is benefitting from her idea. Then we bring everything together in a celebration with story, song and prayer and finish with a meal together. Most Messy Churches meet once a week on a weekday afternoon or evening. The activities are always child friendly, and feedback from parents has been exceptional.
Messy Church is an all-age fresh expression of church that offers counter-cultural transformation of family life through families coming together to be, to make, to eat and to celebrate God. Sign up for email updates. Skip to main content. Messy Church. What Messy Church is and isn't. Messy Church is Messy Church is a form of church for children and adults that involves creativity , celebration and hospitality.