- Messy church
- fresh expressions
Being part of the HOPE Revolution is about encouraging young people to live radically, be different and step out of their comfort zones. To enable them to choose to use their energy, passion and uniqueness to share their eternal hope with their friends, school and community. We want young people to respond to God’s call to boldly share their faith through words and actions, speaking out about Jesus and demonstrating His love to others? We dream of seeing transformation take place in our villages, towns and cities as young people take an ongoing stand for Jesus.
Young people 'textify'
'Textify' is the name given to a new initiative by Hope Revolution - the young people's arm of Hope. Hope is a national initiative to mobilise people in 'word and deed' mission' across the UK.
'Word and deed' mission means radical living, serving the community and sharing the Gospel. It is all based on the principles of how Jesus shared the good news with the various people he met.
Over the next three years all kinds of initiatives will encourage people to do that with the people they know. See the 'Hope' website here.
As part of that build up, thousands of young Christians are being encouraged to 'text their testimony' in September as a way of sharing their faith.The initiative follows up many of the youth festivals held in the summer holiday, and encourages the young people to text when they are back at school and college. All this is far better explained by the dedicated website: www.hope-revolution.com. have a look, and encourage young people to 'textify'!
Messy Church continues to grow across our District with many congregations exploring this way of reaching children and families.
The flexibility of Messy Church is endless, different days, times of day, sizes of congregation not to mention the huge design and layout of premises!
Some congregations have joined with ecumenical neighbours and together build a Messy Church congregation.
Anne Offler from the Darlington District and Sharon Pritchard, the Bishops Adviser for Childrens work, are the Regional Coordinators in a region that is messy and encompasses all of our District and a little bit beyond our borders. Both are willing to talk to churches exploring Messy Church or churches who would like a little support.
Messy Meet Ups happen from time to time for those involved in Messy Church teams to come together to look at an aspect of Messy Church and be valued and resourced. Details will be posted in many places.
Lots of Messy Church information is found on the Messy Church website www.messychurch.org.uk
Contact Anne for any queries re Messy Church – only too happy to help firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources are available from www.brfonline.org.uk
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To encourage and develop more mission minded disciples there is a six session Mission Shaped Intro Course for use in your circuit. Six weeks to rediscover mission and re-imagine church.
New world, new church? Our world and our lives have changed radically in the last twenty years, but has the church adapted to this change?
Do we need a changed church for a changing world? Are new forms of church really possible? If so, how can they be developed?
Recently refreshed and redesigned, mission shaped intro explores the ‘why’ of creating fresh expressions of church rather than the ‘how’.
The six-week course takes you on a journey looking at the ever-changing nature of our social communities and explores why the church needs to rethink its approach to those communities in meaningful and relevant ways. The 90-minute sessions are delivered through presentation, movie clips and stories with active group participation. It is ideal for those who are starting from scratch as well as those who have attended a vision day or who are maybe thinking about joining the mission shaped ministry course.