The project has disseminated reviews and other information about Christian books since the start of the Millennium. We regret that it is no longer possible to sustain it.
Messy Church 3
Fifteen sessions for exploring the Christian life with families
by Lucy Moore
Publisher:BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship)
I have to admit that I did not know what Messy Church was all about. I had seen notices outside churches and thought it meant simply messy activities.
So, I was pleasantly surprised to read this book and see how the Messy Church ministry has developed.
This is book 3 for those who do this ministry and it contains fifteen sessions, which churches can use or adapt to their own environments and people. Each session is grounded in the Bible with a particular theme or teaching in mind. There are many activities within each session that are indeed messy, but are designed to appeal to a variety of people, children, older people; in fact anyone who turns up for Messy Church. However, Messy Church is more than getting people into the church to "glue and stick" together. The aim of this ministry is to reach out to the many who would not ever enter a church and would not feel comfortable attending a traditional service. And this ministry is successful, starting from one church in Portsmouth to over 1,000 registered Messy Church expressions around the world. Messy Church has become the Church for many.
This book, obviously, follows on from books 1 and 2 therefore how to do Messy Church is not explained in this book.
Reviewer: Catherine Clark (03/05/13)