Help us nurture Christ-centred communities
Your support can bring people into communities that introduce them to the Christian faith
The times they are a-changin’
The title of Bob Dylan’s song of 1964 is just as relevant today as it was then. The world is an unpredictable place, and change is constant. Sometimes the level of change seems to accelerate beyond what we feel we can comfortably cope with alone. In times like these, fellowship and community can be a real blessing.
Community at the heart
Community is central to our vision at BRF. We see life as a journey of exploration that we are meant to walk together. Through community we can ask questions to seek to understand ourselves and the world around us. In community we can see the Christian life being modelled and express our faith in acts of kindness towards each other.
Community in action
We’ve recently been celebrating significant new research, which confirms the effectiveness of Messy Church. It’s not ‘just a bit of fun’; without it many families would never have discovered that they belong in their local church, that God loves them, that Jesus died for them or that we’re all called to a journey with God.
It’s wonderful to have the achievements of Messy Church recognised and evidenced by careful research, yet the research also highlights the challenges faced by Messy Churches. Over half of Messy Church leaders are unpaid, with many performing the role in their spare time and juggling it with other commitments. Stress, burnout, lack of funding and inadequate help are also commonplace. Your regular gift will help BRF train, resource and support Messy Churches to overcome some of these challenges.
Image from Southwark Splash: a Messy celebration of baptism, January 2019, used with kind permission of Southwark Diocese.