Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Life Messy? Join the Club; Church for the Doubtful and Chaotic Starts

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Life Messy? Join the Club; Church for the Doubtful and Chaotic Starts

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Byline: Sue Gardiner

IF YOU have your life together, then a unique new monthly church event is probably not for you.

Messy Church is for people with chaotic lives, those with doubts about God and their faith and those who don't necessarily feel comfortable in a traditional church, Reverend Janie French from the Banora Point Uniting Church said.

Messy Church incorporates fun creative activities such as arts and crafts with singing and performance and discussing spiritual matters.

A meal will also be served to attendees.

Rev French said the fun model of doing church was already being successfully used around the world.

She said many people were intimidated by going to conventional churches and yet there was a real thirst for meaning and spirituality in our society.

"They're not throwing Jesus out but the idea of sitting and having someone talk at you, which is partly what I do for a living, is not that attractive," she said.

"This is exploring a new way to do church and talk about things of faith, perhaps for a generation who think church is old hat but are open to talking about God. …

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