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Out of the question

25 September 2015

Write, if you have any answers to the questions listed at the end of this section, or would like to add to the answers below.


Your answers


Do Muslims do Messy Mosque?

We delight in the variety of Messy Churches that self-define as Anglican, Methodist, Baptist, New Frontiers, United Reformed, Roman Catholic, Salvation Army, Free, Church in Wales, Church of Scotland, Scottish Episcopal, Church of Ireland, Uniting Church, and other denominations (some of which we hadn’t come across before). Perhaps happiest of all, there are also ecumenical Messy Churches where denominational differences have been set aside in favour of mission.

As one of the stated values that Messy Churches sign up to is that of being “Christ-centred”, we’re not really surprised or disappointed at the lack of any Messy Mosques. But I did meet a Muslim who was terribly excited by the idea, and there are many Messy Churches that welcome people of all faiths, including Muslims. Hospitable church is a wonderful thing.


Lucy Moore (Messy Church team leader at BRF)
Abingdon, Oxfordshire


Could some householders still be expected to pay for chancel repairs?

I sincerely hope so: otherwise I have wasted my money. Last year, when purchasing a holiday flat, I had to pay out to the solicitor a hefty “Chancel Repair Liability Search Fee”. This was despite the fact that the flat in question is a considerable distance from the local church, has no apparent connection with it, and the church in question was almost certainly built long after this responsibility ceased to be an issue.

I am told that this solicitor is known for being thorough, but this seemed to me to be completely unnecessary.


Tim Nice
Colchester, Essex


Your questions


Writing in 2007 about the resurrection of Jesus, the late Professor C. F. D. Moule asked: “where did our Lord get the clothes to wear?” (Christ Alive and at Large, edited and introduced by Robert Morgan and Patrick Moule). How might we answer Professor Moule’s question?

G. P.


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