Get Messy! January - April 2016 (PDF Download)

Session material, news, stories and inspiration for the Messy Church community

The Messy Church Team

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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.

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Sessions in this issue

  • Past, present and future
  • The last supper
  • Unbelievable truth
  • Two tiny coins

In detail:

All four sessions in this issue are based on Gospel stories about Jesus. They range from focusing on Jesus at just a few weeks old to looking at his death and resurrection.

In January we look at the delightful cross-generational story of Mary and Joseph taking Jesus to the Temple. The baby, the teenage mum, the older dad and the comparatively ancient Anna and Simeon meet in the arms of the Holy Spirit.

In February we step into the Last Supper, which you might see as a prompt to explore how to share Holy Communion in your Messy Church, or simply as a key story that helps us understand Jesus' cross and resurrection.

Easter is in March this year and our Good Friday/Easter Day Messy Church invites a pause for wonder at the empty tomb. Not bunnies. Avoid bunnies. You might want to check out Messy Easter for additional ideas (see overleaf).

And in April we step back into Jesus' time in Jerusalem before the crucifixion, when we enjoy the story of the widow giving her tiny-but-huge offering. It is an opportunity to explore the themes of justice and kingdom values as well as to see Jesus at his most compassionate and respectful towards the most vulnerable in society.

Also in this issue

  • Messy Monastics?
  • The Great Big BRF Messy-about!
  • Joining Generations

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  • Published: 01 November 2015
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  • Pages: 36
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