This is a training resource for Messy Church leaders who are planning the celebration aspect of their Messy Church session. Messy Celebration clarifies the purpose and key elements of the celebration time, and equips the team both spiritually and practically to lead this part of the Messy Church session. The book explores different approaches from different traditions and includes an appendix of favourite songs and prayers and a sample take-home sheet.
Worship is important - it is our core business. Through worship we are encountering the risen, loving Lord. By coming to know God deeply and personally all the other things that we do are instigated and sustained. Those of us familiar with regular Sunday worship understand the how, when and why. For those who are experiencing church for the first time or perhaps coming back to church with a young family or teenagers, worship may feel like a difficult, challenging or even alien experience. Worship for this group is not about dumbing down on content or quality but about ensuring that how we worship is as inclusive as possible and something that leaves people wanting to know more about God. Anyone responsible for leading any form or style of worship anywhere should read this book. It is packed full of good sense and pointers that make you stop and think about things we take for granted. There are very helpful sections describing what the celebration is within Messy Church and what it aims to achieve. It also reminds us that celebration is about joy, fun, community and significance, four things that we need to think about when preparing all worship. It gives some very good tips on communication, how to tell a story and whether to sing songs or not. There is a helpful section on how prayer can be used in the celebration and activities, as well as how families can start to explore prayer during the rest of the month. 'The celebration is one of the four elements in Messy Church that gives everyone a chance to encounter a life changing God', writes Lucy Moore. Whenever we worship and whether we lead something for children, families, all ages or older ages that ultimately is what we are doing. Whether you run a Messy Church or not, do read this book. Jill Hopkinson, Country Way magazine June-September 2014