Written by Martyn Payne, published on Bible Reading Fellowship Newsletter December 2020
you are always coming to us –
in the gift of a new day,
in the stories of your faithfulness,
in the cries of needy people,
in the experience of undeserved love,
in the longings of our hearts.
Thank you that you never give up coming to us.
Help us to welcome your coming into our lives this day
and also be those through whom you might come close to others.
In the name of God’s coming presence,
Count Down to Christmas with Messy Church USA
We are counting down until December 13th when our CELEBRATE 12 Days ‘Till Christmas social media campaign begins. During the 12 Days till Christmas you will receive a Messy Reflection, a Messy Activity or a Messy Story to share each day via our social media posts. Yes we know that the 12 days OF Christmas begins on Christmas day and continues until Epiphany on January 6th but play along with us! Find us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.#MessychurchUSA#Celebrate2020
Advent Resources from Around the World
From the USA
- Building Faith Advent Prayer Stations
- We Wonder– a daily Intergenerational Devotional Podcast by Sara Dahl
- 13 and counting free family advent activities from Christine V Hides
- Advent Calendars from Building Faith
- List of Messy Advent and Christmas Resources
From Uniting Church Australia (Chris Barnett’s resource links)
From the UK
- Messy Christingle Session
- Messy Christingle at home
- Messy Christmas at home session (by Hannah Tarring)
Welcome our new Messy Churches
Say a welcome and a prayer to our three new Messy Churches who signed up to the Messy Church USA Network in November.
- Christ the King Episcopal, Tucson, AZ
- St Martin’s Episcopal, Pompano Beach, FL
- Bristol United Methodist, Bristol, IN
Have you registered or renewed your membership? In these uncertain times, it is inspiring to hear the stories of how you are reaching your Messy Folk.
2021 Messy Webinars Update
Mark your calendars for our upcoming 2021 Messy Church Webinars. Coming in 2021, for every webinar you sign up for, you will receive a one-time 20% coupon code to use on your next webinar. More details coming soon. Here are are first four 2021 Webinars.
- Five Ways to Get “Buy-In” on January 13, 2021 at 1 PM Pacific with Marty Drake and Leyla Wagner
- Messy Lenten Practices on February 10 at 10 am Pacific with Rev. Jim White
- Favorite Messy Easter on March 11th at 10 am Pacific with Johannah Myers and Maureen Carey-Back
- Innovative Ideas to Finance your Messy Church on April 15th (tax day) at 10 am Pacific with Rev Dr Andrew Scanlan Holmes
Registrations open soon on our website.