Back from the Sheffield Centre

Published 4th October 2007 by lucy moore

We got a very warm welcome and felt most honoured to be taken seriously. It’s very reassuring that the C of E is employing this team to be thinkers and reflectors – very useful for people like us in our situation.
Perhaps the most poignant moment for me was when I expressed something along the lines of, ‘We’re not sure whether it would just be a bit of a pity if Messy Church closed down, or whether it’s more important than that.’ And George replied after some thought, ‘I think it would be as if your child was knocked over and killed by a car on the way home from school.’
The meeting was fairly loose in structure, more of a conversation rather than a procedure. Paul and I talked through it all on the way home in the car, but I need to get him to remind me what things we mentally put on our To Do list.
Team meeting tonight, so if there’s time I can bounce around some of the matters arising:

The question of ‘belonging to’ Messy Church rather than ‘coming to’ Messy Church
Investing in dispersed Messy Church rather than putting even more into the monthly meeting
Making the team more aware
How to reinforce the Messy Church identity

That’s probably enough for a meeting which starts at 8.45!

You may also like

Embracing Difference

7th Feb 2024
by Lucy Moore

Last Friday was Culture Day at my daughter’s secondary school in SE London. Digging into my German family history (how else did I get a name like Aike?), I went to join in the festivities armed with my donation of cultural food – 35 large pretzels, freshly baked from a German supermarket chain. Arriving on time, the school hall was packed like I’ve never seen before, with students dressed in a colourful array of traditional dress from over 18 countries.

Read more
by Lucy Moore

At the start of a New Year, it’s good practice to pause for a moment and reflect on the year that’s past, giving thanks to God for both the opportunities and challenges. Noticing where we see God at work in our ministry serves as a good reminder of God’s faithfulness in all we do, as we prayerfully ask the questions: What went well? Even better if? Where is God at work?

Read more

Beauty for Brokenness

2nd Jan 2024
by Lucy Moore

Beauty for brokenness, hope for despair…

Read more

Stumbling after a star

18th Dec 2023
by Lucy Moore

In October I was lucky enough to take a group of the older young people from my Messy Church to 3Generate the Methodist Church’s, children and youth forum.

Read more