Is Messy Church - Church?
It is a half-way meeting point between the church and local people?
Is it a stepping-stone for the non-churched to church?
It is church? What is church? Emmm - ecclesiology definitions?
Do people hope attendees will 'graduate' to Sunday church or to Alpha, Christianity Explored etc?
Can this work? Are they available at 10:30 on a Sunday? Can they adapt from 'Messy' culture to defined shape/liturgy?
Do they sense the ownership on a Sunday that they have experienced on a Saturday or mid-week or do they feel dis-empowered?
Are people concerned that this is just a way to get them to attend church 'real'?
Surely, we are to develop messy church as church in its own right, rather than as a precursor to Sunday church?
Develop and disciple people there, link on to other events, small groups etc.
It is not a bridge but it is church in another style.
Is it a Fresh expression of church, in effect?
It is outward-focussed.
It is another congregation - there will be messy overspill into other aspects of church life.
Is it a related but fully-functioning church with its own leadership team and festivals and gatherings and even its own 'Mass'. Where can it go? The possibilities are endless and very exciting! Discipling can go on. Encounters with Jesus are happening!
It is indeed post-modern, it will start where people are at. It will look at where God is already at work in their lives. What does discipleship and nurturing look like in this context?
In Lichfield, they are working out where they might take Messy Church, pulling on the energies and expertise of current Messy Church workers and theologians.
Messy church is constantly evolving. The Holy Spirit is in this. Can we keep up? What's next for children who out-grow the crafts - what might Messy Youth look like? How is it all financed? What about timings/food etc?
Ordained Anglican. Thinking out loud about church.