Messy Church

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Meet the Messy Church team

Lucy MooreLucy Moore works for BRF as Messy Church team leader. She is responsible for developing the work of Messy Church nationally and internationally - writing, speaking, reflecting and developing Messy projects. She continues to help lead the local Messy Church in her own church, where her husband is the minister.

Before working full-time with Messy Church, Lucy was a member of BRF's Barnabas team, offering training for those wanting to bring the Bible to life for children in churches and schools across the UK, and using drama and storytelling to explore the Bible with children.

Her books include the Messy Church series, Bethlehem Carols Unpacked, The Gospels Unplugged, The Lord's Prayer Unplugged, Topsy Turvy Christmas and Colourful Creation (all Barnabas), All-Age Worship (BRF, 2010), and she presents the Messy Church DVD.

A secondary school teacher by training, she enjoys acting, walking Minnie the dog, marvelling at the alien world of her two children and reading eclectically.

Jane LeadbetterJane Leadbetter is the Messy Church team member with special responsibility for the team of Regional Coordinators. She is a former primary school teacher. She was also Children's Work Adviser in the Diocese of Liverpool for 12 years, where she now works from home and coordinates L19: Messy Church once a month on a Saturday.

Jane's voluntary work includes leading a weekly Beaver Scout colony and she is ADC of the Beaver Scouts in Liverpool South Scout District. Jane is passionate about all ages worshipping together. She is married to Ian, has two grown-up children and two adopted dogs. Brought up in the Midlands, she now feels Liverpool has adopted her as a real scouser! She has written Messy Nativity and co-authored Messy Christmas.

Martyn PayneMartyn Payne is the Messy Church team member with a brief for gathering information about Messy Churches and reflecting on the movement. He joined the Barnabas team in January 2003, having worked with CMS (Church Mission Society) for eight years as their National Children's Work Coordinator. Prior to his time with CMS, Martyn worked for 18 years as a teacher in East London.

He has written several books for BRF including Footsteps to the Feast, A-Cross the World, Bethlehem Carols Unpacked, Where in the World?, The People's Bible and The Big Story.

Carole DariusCarole Darius joined BRF in May 2012 in the new role of Messy Church administrator. Previously, she worked in the Mission Department of the Baptist Union of Great Britain for six years: I felt God was asking me to leave my comfort zone and 'get out of the boat' - scary! He asked me if I would 'follow where he led', to which my response was 'yes'. Last year that involved changing where I worship and this year changing where I work - I wonder what will be next?

Carole is excited to be working with Lucy and Jane, and being part of the expanding Messy Church team, all of whom are passionate about introducing people to Jesus and helping people move forward in their walk of faith.

An active member of The Father's Arms Church, Swindon, in her spare time Carole enjoys a wide range of paper crafts and altered art, both leading and attending workshops.

Regional Coordinators

The Regional Coordinators volunteer their services to local Messy Church leaders to network, inform and support them - find out more.