Messy Church

Messy Church is a different kind of church gathering, generally held on a day other than Sunday which is aimed at all ages and all families, large or small. Normally at the Good Shepherd, Messy Church is on a Saturday afternoon once a month – BUT NOW it is on-line all the time!

Messy Church is church in its own right – even on-line. It doesn’t follow the format of traditional church because it provides something which is tailored for anyone who has no previous experience of church and those who have lots.

It offers a variety of ways of thinking about the things that Jesus, and others, taught through the Bible, of worshipping God and caring for each other in prayer and practical ways.

This week we have come to the end of Paul’s letter to the Philippians, the last three verses where he sends greetings to the church not only from himself but from the people around him too, encouraging the Philippian Church to continue to be joyful as they follow Jesus. If you want to know more about this, you could go to our Podcast for this week and listen to Sue’s sermon.

But that’s not the only end we have come to!

This Sunday is the last Sunday of the Church year, it’s called Christ the King Sunday – because we particularly focus on Jesus as our king and our activities today are all about this. Next Sunday will be the start of our new year, which begins with Advent – watch out for lots of new things next week – and the whole cycle of Sundays starts all over again!

But today let’s focus on what it means to have Jesus as our King, the one who loves us and cares about us all the time, and not just in times of pandemic like now.

This Sunday is also known as STIR UP Sunday! It gets this name from a special prayer that is often said on this Sunday – see below – as the cry of ‘Stir Up’ traditionally reminded everyone to make their Christmas Puddings ready for the Christmas Day itself which would involve a lot of stirring!

Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works maybe by you plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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