Messy Church Works

Founded in 2004 by Lucy Moore Messy Church now numbers over 2,800 registered groups in England and some 3,500 worldwide.

Playfully Serious, published on 21 February 2019, is the result of a two-year research project by the Church Army’s Research Unit, commissioned by the Archbishops’ Council. According to the Church Army’s own statement, it ‘documents at a high level what we have learnt about the effects of Messy Church’.

Find out more about the research on the Bible Reading Fellowship web site and also a link to download the report for free.

New International Charity Launches in Braithwaite

We’re excited to be a small part of the launch of ‘Throw a Starfish’ an innovative new international charity being launched by Braithwaite residents Laurence and Alison Biggs.

See attached for more information: Starfish Overview

Financial and practical support will be very welcome. Perhaps you’d like to through a starfish. For more information or to donate please contact Laurence at laurencebiggs@gmail.com or use the stewardship network at www.give.net/20262923 or through Charities aid Foundation at www.cafonline.org.

Electoral Roll – It’s time to register

As we explained in the recent Parish Magazine, in 2019 (and every 6th year), we are required to start from scratch with our Electoral Roll. So, if you want to on the Electoral Roll, and for example eligible to attend the Annual Parish Meeting or be on the PCC, you need to re-register.

Forms are available in all three churches and attached:  application-for-enrolment-electoral-roll-20132-1

Return forms to the Electoral Roll Officer Sue Grant (see Magazine for contact details) or just bring along to any service before the deadline. Deadline 16th March.

Daily Readings – An Evolving Faith

I always struggle to decide on a series of daily readings. I also struggle with keeping going once I’ve picked something.

This year I’m trying the (free) daily emails from Richard Rohr. So far they’re brilliant. They’re not the traditional reflection on a specific Bible passage. They are fascinating, and really helpful. This week we’ve been exploring how Jesus used the Bible in teaching. It’s not too late to start. Sign up here if you want to have a go. It’d be easy to catch up on the readings so far which are in the blog – just go back to 30 Dec

To quote from the first in the series:

As we come to the end of this year, we begin a new theme for the Daily Meditations. Over the next twelve months our focus will be “Old and New: An Evolving Faith.” Today’s world faces so many challenges. Christianity is supposed to heal suffering and mend divides, yet it has often exacerbated the problem. Is such a religion even worth saving?

While there are unhelpful and even harmful parts of what has passed for Christianity that we need to move beyond, I believe there are many good, beautiful, and true gems well worth saving—and living. It is of no use to anybody if Christianity is just a museum or an antique shop where we prefer to collect old things for their own sake. Yet we can rediscover many good old things that are perennially valuable. We would be foolish to reject them….

As we’ll see, Jesus revealed a God who is in total solidarity with humanity, even and most especially in its suffering…. There are plenty of things I still find baffling, . . . but then I look at Christ, and I get a deep assurance that God is good, and gracious, and not so far away. Let’s be honest: that is all we need to move forward.”