From NZ National Messy Church Coordinator Rev Debbie Smith: “Messy Church is growing and flourishing across NZ. I believe we are at a point where it would be helpful to meet together and before God in prayer.
I am inviting you to a Messy Church Retreat planned for next February 2017 and have attached a poster for you to circulate.
The retreat is suitable for those currently running Messy Church as well as those exploring and just starting out.
This won’t be a silent retreat, but an opportunity to encourage and support, hear each other’s stories and strengthen the Messy Church network.
We will gather to worship and pray, listen to God and enjoy each other’s company.
The retreat is residential and fully catered, Friday evening 24th – Sunday lunch 26th February – $100. Saturday only option – $35.
Venue – Raumati South, 100m from the beach and a 45 mins, 50 km drive from Wellington CBD.
The theme will be ‘Our Quest’, a creative exploration of C. S. Lewis’ story of ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’. The ‘Dawn Treader’ is an allegory of the Church. We are the crew. Our Captain is Christ and on board with us are children; Edmund, Lucy and Eustace.
Together we face challenges and joys in experiencing transformation and the ongoing invitation to quest for the lost and bring them on board.
The retreat will provide an opportunity to respond afresh to mission and the ministry God has called us to.
It will be led by Fran Francis – Co-ordinator of Spiritual Growth Ministries’ (SGM) Spiritual Directors’ Formation Programme (SDFP).
Fran is a wonderful, gifted and very creative leader. I have invited Fran because much of her approach resonates with the creativity of Messy Church.
Along with her husband she is a senior pastor of Shore Vineyard Church, Auckland.
Accommodation is limited, so pop the date in your diary and email me to register. A deposit of $50 will secure your place, $15 for day guests.
We are applying for additional funding for young leaders, under 25years. So consider who in your team you could invite to come on board.
I hope you are able to come. It would be wonderful to see you and I look forward to welcoming you.”