To develop our Christian beliefs, we all need to discuss our faith and practices with others. Our homegroups provide opportunities for spiritual growth in an atmosphere of fellowship and support. Each group lasts about 1½ hours; the evening group starts at 7.30 pm, the afternoon group at 1.30pm. For details of the groups see the ‘News’ item below.Read More
Church but not as you know it!
Relax over coffee and cake in an informal envirovnment, enjoying quizzes, interviews and great conversations centred on real and relevant issues.
All welcome – no previous church experience required!
It takes place on the FIRST THURSDAY of every month upstairs at Costa Coffee, Longfield, Prestwich.
From 18.45pm.Read More
Don’t forget Messy Church on the first Saturday of the month. from 2.30pm until 4.30’ish’.
Fun activities – art and craft, puzzles and games, singing and story telling.
Food and drink.
Children must bring a grown up!!!
Free to get in, donations towards the food appreciated.Read More
Why start a Messy Church?
- We want to make disciples.
- The people in our area who don’t belong to church would like coming to a Messy Church.
- We want to share the love of God in Jesus in a way that’s as accessible as possible to families.
- We believe that the best way for people of all ages to come closer to God is by journeying together.
- We want to share Jesus more than we want to share our particular denominational traditions.
- We want to model who Jesus is to those around us.
- We believe God is in Messy Church and we want to follow where he leads.
- We think Jesus is the person to give people in our community life in all its fullness
Messy Church is :
- Messy Church is a form of church for children and adults that involves creativity, celebration and hospitality.
- It’s primarily for people who don’t already belong to another form of church.
- It meets at a time (and sometimes in a place) that suits people who don’t already belong to church.
- It typically includes a welcome, a long creative time to explore the biblical theme through getting messy; a short celebration time involving story, prayer, song, games and similar; and a sit-down meal together at tables. All elements are for, and should include, people of all ages, adults and children.
- It’s all-age.
- It’s fun.
- It’s a church for people at all stages of their faith journey and of any age – a congregation that is as valuable and worthy of investment as any of your other congregations.
- It models and promotes good ways of growing as a family: a nuclear family, an extended family, and a global and local church family.
- Its aim is to introduce Jesus, to give an opportunity to encounter him and to grow closer to him.
- Messy Church is resourced, supported and enabled by BRF, The Bible Reading Fellowship.
- Most Messy Churches meet once a month, although a few meet more frequently or more occasionally.
Messy Church isn’t…
- … just for children – It’s much easier to aim a Messy Church at one particular age group, but do stop and reflect on whether the non-verbal messages that this sends are what you want to say about God. If your Messy Church’s teaching, crafts and food are all aimed just at the under-11s, think what message you’re giving both children and adults: church is only relevant/fun/meaningful/interested in you until you’re 12? God is for babies? No, Messy Church needs to be constantly creative in its thinking about how to involve very different people: young and old, families and single people, male and female, academic and practical, poor and rich.
- … a club – The whole of Messy Church is about worshipping God, having fellowship, exploring faith matters. It welcomes everyone, involves everyone, values everyone, is always there for the outsider. It’s a church.
- … a way of getting people to come to church on Sunday – There are examples of people starting in Messy Church and deciding to join Sunday church as well but these are the exception rather than the rule. If people wanted to go to established church, they would be going by now. Messy Church is interdependent with established church, but will usually operate as a separate congregation or church.
- … just for church families – Anyone already belonging to church should be thinking about serving on the leadership team of Messy Church, however old or young they are, and helping others come to know Jesus.
- … just for families – All are welcome: single, widowed, childless, divorced. Church is inclusive, not exclusive.
- … a quick fix – Growing disciples takes time. Messy Church has only been going a few years anywhere. It usually only meets once a month. Growth will probably be slow.
- … an easy option – It takes money, time, prayer, commitment and energy from the church and leadership team.
- … a drain on church resources – Yes, it will take money and time, effort and gifted people to run it, but it will give back in return a group of people who are fired up for mission, empowered by using their God-given gifts. It will spark off ideas and inspiration about what church is all about and will renew vision. It will grow goodwill in the neighbourhood towards the church and, most importantly, provide the opportunity to do effective mission in your own community.
- … set in stone – We’re learning all the time. As the network of Messy Churches grows and develops, so the best ways of delivering Messy Church will develop and grow. BRF has deliberately chosen to have a ‘non-controlling’, ‘hands-off’ approach in the way it promotes Messy Church in the hope that this will give God space to grow his church as he wants to, and that it will give everyone encouragement to experiment and innovate.
Christ-centred: Messy Church is a church, not a craft club, that helps people encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour.
All-age: It is for adults and children to enjoy together – every element should be relevant and accessible to all ages.
Creativity: It uses hands-on activities to explore Bible stories, to reflect a God of creativity and to give people a chance to play together.
Hospitality: It reflects a God of unconditional love and is a church for people outside church, providing an oasis of welcome and a safe space in which to thrive. Messy Church is about hospitality, expressed most evidently by eating together – whether it’s a plate of sandwiches to share, or sausage and mash.
Celebration: It reflects a God of joy who wants his people to have life in all its fullness.
NEW PILGRIM course
This interactive six-session course is for anyone – Christian or not – who is ‘on a spiritual journey of discovery’.
On Tuesdays, 7.30-9.00pm At Andy’s: 5 Heathland Road, Kersal. Please come and bring a friend.
For more information contact:
Andy on 07824461427 or Lisa on 0161 792 5362
A COURSE FOR THE CHRISTIAN JOURNEY
Pilgrim is a major new teaching and discipleship resource from the Church of England that explores what it means to travel through life with Jesus Christ.
A course for the twenty-first century, Pilgrim offers an approach of participation, not persuasion. Enquirers are encouraged to practice the ancient disciplines of biblical reflection and prayer, exploring key texts that have helped people since the early Church.
Pilgrim is made up of two parts: Follow and Grow. Follow introduces the Christian faith, while Grow aims to develop a deeper level of discipleship.
Assuming little or no knowledge of the Christian faith, Pilgrim can be used at any point on the journey of discipleship and by every tradition in the Church of England.
‘The Pilgrim course is a journey to the heart of God and to a living, personal relationship with Jesus Christ.’
The Archbishops of Canterbury and YorkRead More