« re:form - new US confirmation resources | Main | Alive@5 - Hospitality »

August 10, 2011


Cogs Smith

I like the fact that Messy Church is multi-age and informal. It also avoids a lot of the mistakes that can be at "trad" services, ie not controlling or patronising.

And there are deeper questions- affordability and sustainability, it is not a whole church package by itself. Yet, like anything the churches offer, there can be no assumptions about people necessarily liking it so much they start coming Sunday morning.

Yet, it is a place to start re-engaging with younger families, an entry level to people whose theology is possibly at that level, too.


yes I agree. my questions are more about ways Scripture and theme are used in the activities in terms of faith exploration / development. foy myself I find that one of the hardest things to get right, and a number of the examples i think miss the mark.


Shouldn't all church all the time be messy? Involve all the ages and all the senses and deal with the real stuff of people's lives.

And then there should be fresh expressions, which consider how that mess applies to those who currently don't attend church,



well said steve. the appeal of "messy church" shouldn't be that you have to go outside 'regular church' stuff to be messy. it would seem though that for various reasons people find it easier to leave the 'centre' alone and play around the edges. i atill wonder why many churches abandoned the creativity of the 70's and early 80's in worship.


"i atill wonder why many churches abandoned the creativity of the 70's and early 80's in worship."

now that would make a great thesis,


Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)


Follow craigmitch on Twitter