Messy Fiesta in Paddock Wood

Published 5th July 2008 by lucy moore

After several large Messy Fiestas, it was good to have a cosy intimate gathering at St Andrew’s in Paddock Wood near Tonbridge on Saturday. I thought the smaller numbers would mean that we galloped through all the material and would be left twiddling our thumbs at the end of the day – but no, interestingly, the relaxed nature of the day meant that we dwelt more on each part of the programme, not less, and that there was much more opportunity to listen to each other as a whole group, not just in segregated smaller groups. This seemed to have been valuable for the people who came and was certainly great for me, benefitting from all that wisdom, experience and grounded common sense.
The question of discipleship kept coming up, as the host church has been running their Messy Church for four months now and are starting to ask the long-term questions: I wish the next book on Messy Church was out already (called Messy Church 2 – see the resources section) as it kick-starts some thinking on this subject, even if it doesn’t have all the answers.
Some comments about what people felt was most valuable about the day:
Sharing with other people and information/inspiration
Trying out the craft activities; informal approach
Being with people / hearing about Messy Church; doing it; experienced flexible leadership
Having a go at the crafts; hearing from those already running Messy Church; thinking time
Discussing questions with the group
Thinking about the way forward
Lots of enthusiasm and encouragement. Loved it all!
To reflect on our own experience

You may also like

by Lucy Moore

Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God”. During Lent, traditionally I would give something up, but the last few years have involved me taking up something. This year I am making space to know God more in the everyday things.

Read more

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?),

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.

Read more

Beauty for Brokenness

2nd Jan 2024
by Lucy Moore

Beauty for brokenness, hope for despair…

Read more