Debbie Hill, Children’s Adviser, welcomed everyone to this inaugural gathering and encouraged people to consider how we might construct a network which offers unpinning and support for local Messy Churches. Ed Olsworth-Peter then spoke briefly about his role as Fresh Expressions of Church and Young Adults Adviser and how he might support this network.
Lucy Moore was both challenging and inspiring in equal measure. She encouraged us to think about significant memories we associated with one particular table in our house and then to consider the different purposes tables have in our Messy Churches; welcome, activities, our meal together and also the sharing of bread and wine. What significance might be attributed to our different tables? How might we develop meaningful conversations as we share together?
We looked at some bible stories where food was shared and Lucy posed the question, ‘Was Jesus host or guest?’ Is Jesus the host or the guest in our churches?
This evening was the first for the Cambridgeshire Messy Churches. Our next evening is with Martyn Payne where we will be exploring Messy Discipleship on Thursday 28 September and it would be fantastic to continue to grow the network.
If you are thinking of starting a Messy Church or would like a visit from the Regional Coordinator for Cambridgeshire, please contact Debbie Hill by email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01353 652711