Messy Church Conference 2022

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Science, Shakers and all the Senses

Arul Israel's Reflections on Messy Church Conference 2022

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Messy Church is a way of being church for families and others. It is Christ-centred, can be for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality, and celebration. Importantly Messy Church provides options for those who may not be able to attend Sunday morning worship. 

I had the opportunity to attend the Messy Church International Conference 2022, which included participants from the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Canada, Australia, South Africa, who enthusiastically shared their thoughts and resources from the Messy Church where they live.  

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Networking and exploring different ways of connecting and engaging at the Hayes Conference Centre was inspiring and energising.  Of course, there was the bonus of beautiful gardens full of wildlife, lakes, and fields of goats, sheep and their babies (where I spent most of my break time).

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The workshops throughout the weekend gave opportunities to discover new resources such as Messy Church does Science where we considered unseen wonders such as an experiment exploring static electricity with Rice Krispies, capturing clouds and making lava lamps.

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There was storytelling using items already found in the venue and utilising all our senses.

The new Messy Church Goes Wild resources explored how to confidently take your Messy Church outside, as part of caring for God’s amazing creation.

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I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Hammer Time’ in which I crafted a lovely musical instrument (which I later used in celebration). This shaker was made up of recyclable material, such as sticks, old computer wiring and metal bottle caps, which I hammered flat while pondering my time with God.

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I was encouraged by the workshop led by the young leaders of Messy Church. These young people help plan and improve Messy Church activities, making them more relatable to the youngsters in this generation. They meet every two months on Zoom with other young leaders from all over the world.

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As I share my experience at the conference with my colleagues and church family, I hope to bring all that I have learnt into future Messy Church events I’m involved with, particularly in the Blue Team in the Birmingham Circuit.

by Arul Israel, Youth and Children's Worker


Messy Church Conference 2022