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Messy Church 2

Ideas for Discipling a Christ-Centered Community

by Lucy More


Price: £8.99
Publisher:Messy Church imprint of BRF
Published:November 2008
Messy Church 2 is a great follow on book – make sure you read Messy Church first!
The concept of Messy Church is that families come together once a month to enjoy each other’s company, eat together, make things together and worship together.
Because the idea of Messy Church is that it is church in its own right and not means of increasing Sunday morning congregations, Messy Church 2 sets out to address the issues that will arise once a Messy Church is up and running. Much of the book is focussed on how to disciple people and move them on in their Christian journey when Messy Church meets monthly and the worship session lasts only 15 minutes. The book suggests forming smaller groups to meet in between times, and also has lots of ideas for families to try at home which will help them to pray and learn about God together. It gives much to think about for a new Messy Church community and shares lessons already learnt (both successes and failures) by those that have been established for a while.
If you are buying this book because you have already used all the craft ideas, meal suggestions and worship outlines in Messy Church, then fear not! The back section of the book is loaded with ready to roll ideas and recipes and will take you through your second year and beyond. It even includes a Messy Church Communion and a Messy Church Baptism!
The beauty of these two books is that they really are packed with do-able crafts and worship suggestions. We have been running for a year and have found there have been more than enough ideas for each session in the book, meaning that busy people can do Messy Church without needing to do lots of planning! Well done to Lucy and her team for paving the way for the many Messy Church communities now springing up around the Country!

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Reviewer: Kathy Bland   (17/06/09)

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