No, this isn’t some sort of political comment on Brexit, you’ll be pleased to hear. The ‘May’ referred to is next month, when Messy Cathedral returns to St Paul’s, on the last bank holiday Monday.
29 May falls within the period of days between Ascension and Pentecost, which is the focus for the Archbishop of Canterbury’s initiative Thy Kingdom Come. Messy St Paul’s that morning will focus on ‘Sharing the good news’. There will be activities for all ages exploring the events leading up to Pentecost, after Jesus left disciples with the Great Commission to take the story of God’s love to the ends of the world. We will round off the morning with by celebrating all-age Communion, which will bring the threads of our activities together in gathered worship followed by the opportunity for a picnic in the Cathedral gardens (weather permitting!).
This special service is being planned and organised by the Education Team from St Paul’s, working in partnership with the Messy Church team from the Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF). As many as you may know, BRF has been working alongside the London Diocese and its Capital Vision initiative to encourage churches to consider planting new Messy Church congregations to reach out to those in their parishes who are not yet coming to church.
One such church in the east end of London, which operates out of St Anne’s Hoxton, has planted a new congregation in Bethnal Green. Janice Macaulay who leads this Messy Church writes:
“Messy Church has been a good way of meeting people who we wouldn’t have met otherwise. Families love it and though it involves a lot of organisation, it’s definitely worth it.”
Janice and some of her team will be there at Messy St Paul’s running one of the activities along with other Messy Churches from across the Diocese. It will be a great opportunity to catch a flavour of what Messy Church is all about and meet with those who are already sharing the good news through Messy Church in their community. It will be a great day out for family groups from your church at St Paul’s, celebrating, praying and learning in this new messy way.
Donna McDowell, Head of Schools and Family Learning at the Cathedral, is coordinating the booking through Eventbrite and Martyn Payne and Tessa Rust, Regional Coordinators north of the Thames for Messy Church, are coordinating offers of help for the day.
Please book Messy May in your diaries and we look forward to worshipping with you under the dome!
Martyn Payne is part of BRF’s Messy Church team and assists the Diocese in supporting Messy Churches throughout London.