As a key event during the year of being Generations Together, St John’s Cathedral Brisbane hosted Australia’s first Messy Church held in a Cathedral – hence Australia’s first ever “Messy Cathedral”!
A small committee was formed to bring it all together, under the guidance of regional Messy Church coordinators Sue and Glen Taylor from St Matthew’s Sherwood, and the plan revolved around the coming together of several different parishes who host Messy Church in their own places – in this case, Aspley-Albany Ck, Holland Park, Waterloo Bay, St Aidans Girls School and St Andrews South Brisbane, as well as St Matthews Sherwood.
The afternoon of 26 August saw around 100 participants enjoy a great example of all-age worship in “Messy” style, focussed upon the carefully chosen theme of “Listening to God” and led at different times by the Rev Peter Shayler-Webb and the Rev Gillian Moses. Also present were leaders of Youth and Children’s ministry from other Australian dioceses, who were in Brisbane for their annual C-Net/Y-Net conference.
Highlights included the craft activities of making megaphones, prayer journals and ‘Listening Ears’, decorating biscuits and then of course eating them. Because of the intergenerational nature of Messy Church, everyone from toddlers to grandparents was working alongside each other: always great to see!
A PDF version of the Service Booklet is attached below. Congratulations to all for daring to experiment and produce such an innovative new style of all-age worship to make use of Brisbane’s beautiful St John’s Cathedral. Shall we do it all again next year?