Sunday at DCC, we are experimenting with a new and different style of worship – one that is intentionally designed to be intergenerational and interactive. This is one of the many new worship styles that churches world-wide are exploring as we reach out to folks who are not currently involved in Christian community. To support our growing understanding of what is happening in a denomination that calls itself “reformed and reforming,” Pastor Lisa Stedman offers a set of reading and internet resources for your perusal, including https://messychurchusa.org
Please feel invited and encouraged to engage each other (and Lisa) in conversation around this topic!!
The name and idea of “messy church” is taken from an organized effort that began in Britain. This is the basis for some of what we are trying in our own ‘mess’. DCC has not ‘officially joined’ the Messy Church USA, nor is it our intention to do so. We are ‘borrowing and exploring’ ideas.
- A way of being church for all! Ages join in experiencing fun & faith formative activities
- Found throughout the globe
- Based on the values of all-ages together, celebration, creativity, hospitality and centering ourselves in Christ
Messy Church started in an Anglican church near Portsmouth, UK, in 2004 and has grown into an international movement operating across a wide range of Christian denominations and traditions.
Messy Church enables people of all ages to belong to Christ together through their local church. It is a way of being church which is a particularly suited to families, but welcoming to all. It meets at a time and on a day that suits local families and is particularly welcoming to people who have never belonged to a church before.
Today, Messy Church has spread to at least over 4000 registered Messy Churches in 30 different countries. World-wide, over 500,000 worship monthly at Messy Church.