Messy Celebration

Make the most of your Messy Church celebration time

Lucy Moore

Currently out of print £5.99


Messy Church celebration plays a key part in communicating God's love to the families who come along, but it can be the hardest part of the session to get right.

Messy Celebration is a resource for Messy Church teams who seek guidance or inspiration, building confidence in this area. It explores the purpose and main elements of the celebration time and equips the team both spiritually and practically, including thoughts on how the team can best function and presentation techniques for up-front leading. Different celebration approaches are considered and further resources signposted.

The book also suggests how the celebration theme can be continued into the rest of the Messy Church session and gives ideas for celebrating at home.

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Author info

Lucy Moore is BRF's Messy Church Team Leader, responsible for developing the work of Messy Church nationally and internationally. She continues to help lead Messy Church in her own church.


From Country Way magazine June-September 2014

Worship is important - it is our core business. Through worship we are encountering the risen, loving Lord. By coming to know God deeply and personally all the other things that we do are instigated and sustained.

Those of us familiar with regular Sunday worship understand the how, when and why. For those who are experiencing church for the first time or perhaps coming back to church with a young family or teenagers, worship may feel like a difficult, challenging or even alien experience. Worship for this group is not about dumbing down on content or quality but about ensuring that how we worship is as inclusive as possible and something that leaves people wanting to know more about God.

Anyone responsible for leading any form or style of worship anywhere should read this book. It is packed full of good sense and pointers that make you stop and think about things we take for granted.

There are very helpful sections describing what the celebration is within Messy Church and what it aims to achieve. It also reminds us that celebration is about joy, fun, community and significance, four things that we need to think about when preparing all worship. It gives some very good tips on communication, how to tell a story and whether to sing songs or not. There is a helpful section on how prayer can be used in the celebration and activities, as well as how families can start to explore prayer during the rest of the month.

'The celebration is one of the four elements in Messy Church that gives everyone a chance to encounter a life changing God', write Lucy Moore. Whenever we worship and whether we lead something for children, families, all ages or older ages that ultimately is what we are doing. Whether you run a Messy Church or not, do read this book.

Written by Jill Hopkinson.

Book details

  • ISBN: 9780857461162
  • Published: 22 November 2013
  • Status:
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96
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