Messy Vintage

BRF’s (Bible Reading Fellowship) 'The Gift of Years' and Messy Church have been pooling good ideas. The topic? Older people and Messy Church—a new missional form called 'Messy Vintage'. They offer a range of resources for those working with older people under the umbrella of The Gift of Years. 

Messy Vintage is both for those who can gather at a church or community centre for worship, crafts and tea as well as for residents in care homes where a Messy Vintage team brings the service and activities to their door.

Key aspects to 'Messy Vintage':

  • It enables older people know they are part of something bigger
  • It is about being ‘a blessing’ 
  • Themes each month may be repeated across all the regular Messy Churches and Messy Vintage services run in a given area
  • Worship often releases the voice of older people: this is church for the voiceless
  • Wherever it takes place it is also a church creating sacred space
  • Food should be as special and beautiful as the people involved are special and beautiful
  • Stories emerge of how teams have blossomed on their own discipleship journey by being involved with Messy Church and Messy Vintage
  • In care homes, normally in a morning session, a lot of time is given to the crafts which lead to plenty of one-to-one conversations
  • There is much scope for further development, particularly linked with schools and memory projects around the country 
  • It is another example of Messy Church being missional

For more information:

Watch a short video.

Read a Vintage Coordinator's Blog

 

Free Lent Resources from Stewardship and Church Urban Fund

Throughout Lent (March 1 to April 13) Stewardship are continuing their 40acts initiative through Lent suggesting practical acts of generosity. They offer free resources for a range of settings including a complete community project planning guide and sermon notes, prayers and worship suggestions on the theme of Romans 12 - A Living Sacrifice.   Read more.

The Church Urban Fund (CUF) have produced a Lent course with reflections around our relationship with food.  Read more.