Messy Togetherness Paperback

Bringing the Generations Together in Christian Community

by Martyn Payne

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Messy Togetherness

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  • Involved with Messy Church?
  • This book explores the methods and importance of community
  • You'll find a new passion and importance of doing Messy Church

Martyn Payne is a man on a mission.

Over the past three years he has scoured Messy Churches up and down the United Kingdom, looking at how they do Messy Church, and why.

He has given advice, been inspired, and had a look at what makes Messy Church so successful. How it is that families with no Church background are coming, and joining in in this fresh expression of what Church is?

Here, in Messy Togetherness, Martyn Payne brings that experience and insight into a close, under the microscope, examination of what makes Messy Church. Not only that, but he seeks to find where Messy Church belongs in the timeless body of the Church. 

As he says himself: "Messy Church is the child in the midst of inherited church, playing, wondering, disturbing and questioning everything."

Integration is at the core of Messy Togetherness.

Not only in bringing together Church goers and non-Church goes. But in bringing together the newer and older ways of approaching what Church is. 

The book also contains three Messy Church session to help you put into practice what Martyn discovered on his three-year journey across the UK. One for the Old Testament, one for the New Testament, and on for the Epistles. 

Messy Church has always been about uniting different people on their journeys.

It's about togetherness.

'Messy Togetherness is part of a series that the BRF Messy Church team has produced, taking a good look at the five key values of Messy Church--namely, hospitality, celebration, all-age, creativity and Christ-centredness'

Messy Togetherness by Martyn Payne was published by BRF (The Bible Reading Fellowship) in May 2016 and is our 7289th best seller. The ISBN for Messy Togetherness is 9780857464613.

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In Being All-Age in Messy Church Martyn Payne looks at Messy Church as an all-age expression of church and the benefits of this to the church community. He explores current thinking about faith development and gives a biblical rationale for the all-age approach, offers practical advice and shares stories and ideas from across the Messy Church network and contains three complete outlines for Messy Church sessions (from the Old Testament, the Gospels and the Epistles), which offer Bible stories with insights into what it means to be intergenerational as church.
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Part 1: Messy togetherness and why we do it

1 All together now: it's working - The background to all-age Messy Church

2 Bringing the generations together: it's important - Encountering difference

3 Passing on our faith: it's in the scriptures - Understanding Old and New Testament families

4 Learning from each other: it makes sense - Current thinking and practice on all-age faith development

5 What the Spirit is saying to the churches - Recent thinking on intergenerational ministry

6 Generations together: it's the way forward - Being intentionally all-age in Messy Church

Part 2: Messy togetherness and how to do it

7 Creating together - Intergenerational activities in Messy Church

8 Celebrating together - Intergenerational Bible storytelling, music and prayer

9 Eating together - Intergenerational meals in Messy Church

10 Working together - Intergenerational teams in Messy Church

11 Discipling together - Intergenerational faith nurture in Messy Church

12 The future is intergenerational - The prophetic voice of Messy togetherness

Part 3: Messy togetherness explored through three Messy Church sessions

Session 1: A shelter for all - An Old Testament Messy Church session

Session 2: A family for all - A Messy Church session from the Gospels

Session 3: A home for all - A Messy Church session from the epistles

APPENDIX 1: Further reading on intergenerational church,worship and learning
APPENDIX 2: Resources for intergenerational church
APPENDIX 3: Health check for a Messy Church

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Details for Messy Togetherness

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBRF (The Bible Reading Fellowship) (May 2016)
Number of Pages192
Height198 mm
Width130 mm
Product Code4327077
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