Messy Church Conference 2016

Messy Church Conference 2016

Celebrating and learning with the worldwide family of Messy Church

When: Monday, 16 May 2016 – 12:00pm to Wednesday, 18 May 2016 – 2:30pm

Where: High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, EN11 8SG. UK

An unmissable opportunity for all those involved in or interested in developing Messy Church to come together to share good practice and discover the latest developments in the fields of Messy mission and discipleship. Most importantly it is a chance to meet the Messy Church team and other practitioners from across the world. For all of us it will be a joy to seek God’s help with the way forward in our different nations and to make sure that, as it grows, it remains a global interdependent network based on godly friendship and mutual respect.

Messy Church is the most commonly used example of a fresh expression of church, with around 3000 registered examples across about 20 countries. What is being learnt in and through Messy Church is of benefit to anyone involved in other forms of fresh expression or more traditional church ministry.

Who is it for?

Particularly those with a strategic missional role locally, regionally or nationally such as:
•National and Regional Coordinators of Messy Church
•Mission Enablers and other church leaders who want to explore the possibilities of Messy Church in their country or region
•National or local Fresh Expressions Coordinators
•Leaders and teams of local Messy Churches from countries outside the UK
•Leaders and teams of Messy Churches in the UK

Click here for full details of what’s on, price and how to book

Growing Messy Leaders training day

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CPAS brings their extensive experience of growing leaders in churches to help Messy Churches. BRF’s Messy Church team and CPAS are working together to help Messy Church team members and leaders of all ages become better leaders through team-building work and leadership theory and reflective practice. These hands-on, fun, fast-moving and action-packed training days will give to those aged 9-99 (and older if required) the opportunity to understand more of the practicalities of leading a Messy Church, develop their teamwork and reflect on their inner relationship with God and those around them.

Take your Messy team to a different level. Come as a team! Bring your leaders young and old! A fun, inspirational, useful and paradigm-shifting all-age training day.

When? Saturday 14 November 2015
Where? St Paul’s Church, Oak Rd, Bursledon, Southampton, Hampshire SO31 8DT
Cost? £10 per adult, children 9-16 free.

Click here for full details on the Messy Church website

Hampshire Messy Meet-up

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When: Tuesday 19 May 2015, 7.30pm
Where: Church of the Good Shepherd, Four Marks, GU34 5AA

Come and join the Messy team at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Four Marks, Lucy Moore and James Pegg on 19 May at 7.30 for a Messy Meet-up. Time to chat about how your Messy Church is going, share some great ideas (and problems!), catch up with the local and national Messy Church picture, talk with James about teenagers in Messy Churches, pray for each other and generally wallow in Messiness for an evening.

Bring an activity example that’s worked really well in your Messy Church recently if you can, but even if you can’t, just turn up and be reinspired. No need to book but a rough idea of numbers would be useful, so email Lucy lucy.moore@brf.org.uk if you can.

Ministering to Children conference: Q&A with the speakers

Just before the end of the conference there was a Q&A with the speakers

How much do you refer to the parents, in resourcing them to disciple their children?
Colin: Who is Israel in Deut. 6 is it parents, God, the church, the nation, all of the above. It is a partnership from all. Anyone who is involved sees it as a partnership between church and parents.
Andy: a leader who was a mum told another child off, and the parent complained, had to work through it. We have to see all God’s children as our children.
Pete: primary role for looking after children is me, and if you’re being paid then people assume you will do it. The more we can do to help parents the better.
Helen: Parents are desperate to hear feedback at parents evening, what opportunities do we give.
Jane: remember the non Christian families as they don’t have parents to help them. Church can provide a safer community, helping families to connect with 20 mums doing toddler groups, become a Christian through Alpha, and now have tough challenges moving forward.

Do you have a stance on non-Christians helping to lead children’s work?
Andy: a bunch of non Christians who were in worship group but not leading, all of them were involved in a mentoring relationship moving forwards toward faith, so no problem so long as in that relationship and have boundaries.
Helen: need to be very clear in boundaries and relationship, and you would never want into be outnumbering the Christians, and sympathetic to Christian faith. Seen many volunteers come to faith, and equally how we do know that our “sound” Christians aren’t having crises of faith etc.
Colin: is it on God’s heart or yours, is it because you don’t have enough people to fill the roles. Anyone can paint but to what standard?

Love the idea of integrating children more fully into church but what does that actually look like?
Pete: that is the heart of Messy Church, an all-age group that meets midweek or Saturday. Don’t go to Sunday church as am a member of the Messy Church.
Jane: preached in a church, did the singing and liturgy, and the Vicar said we will go to groups, if want arty and crafty go here, if film go here, if discussion go here, and if want to listen to Jane go here. As started preaching someone interrupted with a question and ended as a dialogue sermon.
Teresa: a common theme from all-ages in Godly Play is that they have their own spirituality, it is visual and so they taken in from where they are.
Andy: don’t need to dumb it down, too many parishioners don’t attend as think it will be dumbed down,
Colin: what is church, a relationship with God and each other, a discussion with church leaders sounds important.