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My presentation to the Being Church in the 21st Century Conference at Linton United Reformed Church. 7 June 2008

My presentation to the Being Church in the 21st Century Conference at Linton United Reformed Church. 7 June 2008

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    • Messy Church Dovercourt URC
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    • If the current rate of decline is not arrested the Methodist Church will have zero membership by 2037. Philip Richter & Leslie Francis: Gone but not Forgotten (London: DLT, 1998) If it continues to shrink at the present rate, the Church of Scotland will close its last congregation in 2033. Callum Brown: The Death of Christian Britain (London: Routledge, 2001) Unless something happens to reverse the decline it is experiencing, the Church in Wales will be unsustainable by 2020 Heather Wraight: ‘Strategic Thinking from a Christian Perspective’ (London: Christian Research Association, 2002) Melt down :
    • Percentage of child population in Sunday School UK, 1900-2000 ©UK Christian Handbook Religious Trends 2001/2001 No.2
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    • What is it?
      • Messy Church is a once-monthly time when families come together to enjoy being together, making things together, eating together and celebrating God together through his word, through music and through prayer.
      • Messy Church is a worshipping community of all ages, centred on Christ, showing Christian hospitality—giving people a chance to express their creativity, to sit down together to eat a meal and have fun within a church context.
    • P rinciples:
      • To provide an opportunity for people of all ages to worship together.
      • Help people of all ages to feel that they belong in church and to each other.
      • To help people have fun together.
      • To give people a chance to express their God-given creativity .
      • To invite people into an experience of Christian community.
      • To introduce people to Jesus through hospitality, friendship, stories and worship.
    • A typical session:
      • 3.30: Doors open.
            • People arrive, play board games and have a drink and biscuit
      • 4.00-5.00: Creative time
      • 5.00-5.15: Celebration time
      • 5.15-5.45: Hot meal together
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      • From: S Davies [mailto:-----------------] Sent: 03 June 2008 14:39 To: -------------------------
      • Subject: Messy Church
      • Hi Marc,
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      • I would be delighted to give you my views about messy church.
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      • Here goes:  It took me alot of courage to attend the first session of Messy Church because i had not been part of a church for over 16yrs and now i
      • have two very young children Jack who will be two at the end of the month and Alyssa who has just turned four. I went to a children's Easter
      • service a couple of years ago with the children and they enjoyed the craft side of the service however when it came to the Easter Story and the
      • stations of the cross this was far to overwhelming for them! The children were separated and asked to sit at the front which was also very
      • overpowering for Alyssa to cope with so i decided that she was not ready for chruch. 
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      • In Feb this year I decided to give it another try this time at Messy Church at Dovercourt Central Church and Wow what a difference! a very
      • welcoming and open hearted church especially towards the children.  We all felt very welcome and were not separated from one another a chance
      • to celebrate and worship god at all levels and for all ages. A way to access Christ from a very young age and feel part of a church community
      • again. 
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      • Messy Church has now become part of our regular routine making new friends and learning about Christ as a family.  What a lovely start with a
      • warm welcome a cup of tea and craft based around the theme of the month e.g Pentecost, Easter, Shepards etc followed by circle time in the
      • church with some Show and Tell, A story from the Bible and song from Mission Praise and of course Messy Grace which i am still learning
      • followed by tea.  Jack and Alyssa both happily participate in the whole service.  Jack now loves the singing the best getting up a dancing and
      • clapping.  
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      • Messy Church is a great service for families with children of all ages lots of fun craft idea's, great support from the congregation, a very welcoming
      • atmosphere for all, lots of drama/actions put into the stories and hymns from the bible for all to participate a lovely home cooked tea to finish what
      • more could a family want when coming to church 
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      • On a sad note the only thing that Messy Church does not have is MORE families!
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      • However we all love it, Thank You!
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      • Sam. Alyssa and Jack
      e- mail:
    • gone for good?
      • Leslie J. Francis
      • and Philip Richer
      • Epworth 2007
    • fifteen reasons:
      • Losing faith
      • Growing up and changing
      • Life transitions
      • Life tensions
      • Life-styles
      • Not belonging and not fitting in
      • Demands vs returns
      • Disillusionment
      • Being let down
      • Problems:
        • with relevance
        • with change
        • with worship
        • with leadership
        • with conservatism
        • with liberalism
    • multi plex
      • church context:
      • `multiplex' is
      • a multiplicity of
      • separate
      • congregations
      • within
      • the
      • same premises