Get Messy! September–December 2018

Published 28th June 2018 by rachel tranter

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, relevent and encouraging articles and a problem page.

Other features include a youth column and stories from Messy Churches around the world.

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Sessions in this issue

  • Which way?
  • Safe and sound
  • Listening and learning
  • God so loved the world

In detail:

The themes in Get Messy! 2018–19 continue to address issues faced by families today, specifically for this season those of worries about the future, feeling safe, the need to be listened to by adults and self-worth. We want to be honest about the hard decisions of being a disciple as well as the incomparable upside.

September’s theme of ‘Which way?’ opens up Jesus’ challenges to his first disciples. Some of them wanted to follow him on their own terms but Jesus wanted complete commitment. Our Messy teams and families may be just at the start of faith, but the high bar of whole-life discipleship is one we should delight in, not be anxious about.

In October, we know we’ll have fun with the famous parable of the lost sheep. At a time when fear is a major player, this reminder of the safety of the shepherd’s shoulder is a timely one.

November gives us the chance to hear again the story of Jesus welcoming the children, which reminds us that we are all God’s children and we can listen to and learn from each other. And in December, we wonder at the mystery of God sending his only Son out of love for us. Enjoy!

Also in this issue

  • Lucy Moore writes
  • Stories from Messy churches far and wide
  • Messy Church International Conference 2019
  • Getting creative starts before Messy Church
  • A welcome for every child
  • Youth column: reaching (and keeping) families
  • Discipleship pilot
  • Bible overview

Support material

If you would prefer to use British sign language for activity 10 in November, you can visit the British Sign Language website.

Cecil the Lost Sheep

If you need any help with the Lost Sheep resources, you can email