Join United in Faith friends of all ages as we embark this summer on a new worship/learning experience entitled “Messy Church.” Messy Church will be offered every 6 weeks or so, beginning August 7th, on a Sunday evening, from 4-6pm (see upcoming dates and themes below).
We’ll be seeking people to attend and invite their friends. For UIF members, we want to invite you to be an activity table volunteer or provide (and/or serve) a simple meal. You can hear more about these opportunities to attend and/or serve from Janeen on July 10th or from Pastor Carla on July 24th at 11am after our Sunday worship service.
August 7, 4-6pm, A New Beginning – Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; can’t you see it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (looking forward to beginning of school year, and Messy Church itself is new to us!)
September 18, 4-6pm, God’s Work Our Hands – Matthew 22:38-39 [Jesus] “said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ (active service projects; loving God & other people)
October 30, 4-6pm, Who Am I? – Psalm 139:14 “I praise you [God], for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.” [Wear a costume if you want to.] (focus on self-discovery and self-expression)
December 11, 4-6pm, God’s Topsy-Turvy Kingdom, Luke 1:46b-55, Mary’s Magnificat (Advent season focus)
WHAT IS MESSY CHURCH?
The tag line for the global Messy Church movement is “Church, but not as you know it.” If you have attended church for a long time, Messy Church may not look like church to you. At Messy Church, all ages meet together to learn about Jesus through interactive games, crafts and activities, music, and storytelling from the Bible. A foundational ingredient of Messy Church is to gather around a table for a snack or meal and build relationships with each other, God, and the world. Messy Church USA reminds us that Messy Church is not necessarily a stepping stone into an existing Sunday morning worship service, but it is a worship experience in its own right.
At the heart of Messy Church are these five core values:
• Christ-Centered: The goal of every gathering is to share the gospel and grow God’s kingdom. In Messy Church, we share Jesus’ love and his gospel message with all people. Effective ministry can be quite messy (unpredictable, sometimes chaotic, and fluid)! That’s because life, faith, and relationships all are messy. While we invite members of our congregation (and others), Messy Church sometimes reaches people who might not normally step foot inside a Sunday morning worship service.
• Intergenerational: Everyone meets together, without the “age silos” common at most churches. People learn with one another and from one another, leading to deeper, lasting faith. One generation relating to another is a key value of Messy Church
• Celebration: This doesn’t necessarily mean jumping up and down, though that can happen. According to Messy Church USA executive director Roberta Egli, celebration “involves sharing the abundant life Jesus offers as well as the ups and downs of our messy lives.”
• Creativity: Worshipers use all five senses to experience and explore God’s Word.
• Hospitality: Including a welcome component and some type of meal or food sharing. The meal also continues the intergenerational conversation and relationship building.