Get Messy! is a four-monthly subscription resource for Messy Church leaders. Each issue contains four session outlines (one per month), including planning sheets and take-home handouts, together with information on the latest resources and events. It also seeks to encourage and refresh Messy Church leaders by providing monthly Bible studies, a column on taking time to recharge, and a problem page. Other features include a youth column, a day in the life of a Regional Coordinator and stories from Messy Churches around the world.
In this issue
- Lucy Moore writes
- Messy Family Fun!
- Stories from Messy Churches far and wide
- Traveller’s tales
- Messy teamwork
- Youth column
- Reflections on the Messy Values
- Faith at home
- A day in the life of… Lesley Cox
- Dear Jane…
- Messy Readings
- September: The man who wanted bigger barns
- October: Your body is a temple
- November: Jesus’ friends
- December: Powerlessness at Christmas
- Mealtime cards
- Handout sheets
- Take-home ideas and Sunday treats
The following extra resources are available to download for this issue of Get Messy!
About the session writers in this issue
Christine Belsham is a Reader at St John’s, Welling, Kent, where she has enjoyed working with children for many years. She helped set up and run its Messy Church. Christine is married to Mark, has two children and works as a school librarian.
Liz Lander is Vicar of St John’s Church in Beckenham, Kent. She was introduced to the idea of Messy Church by a church member, and together with a dedicated team of helpers they began in December 2009. Liz lives with her husband Stephen, sons Samuel and Joseph, and their puppy Benji, who has taken the concept of messiness to new levels.
Bob Morris is the Youth and Children’s Minister at Cirencester Baptist Church and has been running Messy Church there for the past four years whilst serving as Regional Coordinator for Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. He is passionate to see children, young people and their families reached, discipled and released to serve Jesus, and to develop those who seek to do the same.
Anne Offler is a Children and Youth Development Worker in the Methodist Church in the Durham area. She works with churches to identify and resource work with children and families which leads many groups to engage with Messy Church, about which she is passionate. She loves working with people and sharing the fun of all things Messy.
Laura Webster lives in south-east London with her husband and one daughter, the other being at university a long way away. She is the Children’s and Families worker for St John’s Church, Welling, which has run Messy Church since 2009. She is convinced that messiness is essential for happiness.