05 June 2010

Basically my idea of hell

Messy Church is the latest fad among Protestant churches, begun in Portsmouth, England by one enterprising woman, and now stretching to dozens of churches all over the world, even to the far wilds of New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. Once a month, church services turn into a big arts and crafts fair, with children taking center stage, playing games, painting, making collages, clapping and singing songs, during which the gospel message is heard. Afterwards, parents and children alike share a communal meal (not the Lord's Supper).
Messy Church is one church's attempt to be church for families who might want to meet Jesus, belong to their local church and bring up their children as Christians but can't cope with traditional Sunday morning church services.
One father who can't cope with traditional liturgy opines, "I would think that, with anything in life, whether it's church or anything...if it isn't fun, you're not going to get people coming." And a mother of one says, "It's a church-based activity that isn't too churchy..." The worship team--generally led by middle-aged women with guitars and tambourines--is in place to ensure that fun and not churchiness prevails.

If Martin Luther could have foreseen what he started all those centuries ago...