Holy Habits in Messy Church: Discipleship sessions for churches

Holy Habits in Messy Church: Discipleship sessions for churches

Authors : Lucy Moore Andrew Roberts
£8.99

Messy Church sessions exploring the holy habits from Acts 2:42–47

Holy Habits meets Messy Church! The Holy Habits approach explores Luke’s model of church found in Acts 2:42–47, identifies ten habits and encourages the development of a way of life formed by them. This session material has been created to help churches explore the Holy Habits in a Messy Church context and live them out in whole-life, missional discipleship.

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Title Holy Habits in Messy Church: Discipleship sessions for churches
Authors Lucy Moore Andrew Roberts
Description

Holy Habits meets Messy Church! The Holy Habits approach explores Luke’s model of church found in Acts 2:42–47, identifies ten habits and encourages the development of a way of life formed by them. This session material has been created to help churches explore the Holy Habits in a Messy Church context and live them out in whole-life, missional discipleship.

Details
  • Product code: 9780857469236
  • Published: 24 January 2020
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • Dimensions: 148mm wide and 210mm high

Holy Habits meets Messy Church! The Holy Habits approach explores Luke’s model of church found in Acts 2:42–47, identifies ten habits and encourages the development of a way of life formed by them. This session material has been created to help churches explore the Holy Habits in a Messy Church context and live them out in whole-life, missional discipleship.

Lucy Moore is the founder of Messy Church. She promotes Messy Church nationally and internationally through training and speaking events, and is the author of a number of books for BRF.

Andrew Roberts is a husband, father, minister, writer and speaker. He is the author of the book Holy Habits (Malcolm Down Publishing, 2016) and editor of the BRF Holy Habits original resource booklets, Bible Reflections and Group Studies. He was previously Director of Training for Fresh Expressions.

 

 

The Irish Methodist Newsletter, Jan/Mar 2020. Review by Revd Stephen Skuce

In recent years, ‘Messy Church’ (www.messychurch.org.uk) has had a very significant impact in a wide range of churches in enabling creative, imaginative all age worship that uses craft ideas to help communicate the Christian message. Lucy Moore has produced a wide range of resources that equip people to lead sessions and fully explains the ‘how to’ bits alongside the more theological ‘why’ aspects.

In the last couple of years, a British Methodist minister, Andrew Roberts, has developed a series of resources titled ‘Holy Habits’ (www.holyhabits.org.uk). These are based on Luke 2:42-47 and help us recognise the practices or habits of the early church, and live them out today. The ‘Holy Habits’ movement has spread far beyond Methodism and is increasingly recognised as a straightforward and clear way to help us live our lives as followers of Jesus.

And as the title of this book sort of states, the two movements have combined here to give a ‘Holy Habits’ focus to ‘Messy Church’. It’s excellent. It combines the best of both to give us sessions covering Jesus, gladness, evangelism, sharing, serving, the Bible, eating together, worship, prayer, breaking bread and fellowship. Each session is fully detailed and is easy enough to use to help us explain to ourselves and others what it means to live out our faith. We rightly focus on evangelism, especially with children and young people. Sometimes though we can neglect to help new Christians develop solid habits that support faith development and show to others how our faith impacts our lives.

Don’t assume this book is only for work with children. It’s not. ‘Messy Church’s attraction lies partly in the way we are all ages together’ (p9). It is very much all age and while it’s an excellent approach for younger ones, it is especially helpful for families as an initial experience of Christian life and worship. The days of us communicating effectively through passively sitting in pews listening to a monologue are sort of gone. We rarely do that in other aspects of life, and this book is an easy to use resource that helps us put on sessions that can work for the whole worship service. The ideas and sessions will work particularly well with smaller congregations and numbers. And there is an excellent ‘Messy Vintage’ section to the book that is designed to work with a much older age group and is very usable in services in care homes and in other settings with older people.

This is one of those books that you can pick up and use. All is explained thoroughly and it isn’t gimmicky. The sessions communicate clear and comprehensive Christian understanding to build us up in our faith. It will be great to see such imaginative approaches increasingly used in our worship and outreach.

Reviewed by Revd Dr Stephen Skuce, District Superintendent, the North Western Methodist District