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’s story that Jesus told to his disciples to try and help them understand something really important is all about a friend and his midnight visit!
Our famous painting this week is by the pre-Raphaelite artist William Holman Hunt, and is called ‘The Importunate Neighbour’. Importunate is an old-fashioned word that means persistent. William painted this in 1895. This small painting in oil on canvas measures 51.7 cm x 36.4 cm and is now in the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.
Have a close look at the painting what do you notice? Sue likes the dogs having a drink. Look at the friend in his nightshirt with bare feet… do you have a nightshirt? He really looks as if he has been knocking on the door for a long time – he is certainly persistent!
You can listen to Sue telling the story with a modern twist here:
And click the link below to find the story form the Bible as well as something to make and a special way of praying – and there is a bonus ‘Spot the difference’ too!