Messy Church International Conference 2019

Date: Friday, 3 May 2019 - 12:00pm to Sunday, 5 May 2019 - 2:00pm
Venue: High Leigh Conference Centre, Hertfordshire, UK


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Join us for the second Messy Church International Conference (MCIC). This is an unmissable opportunity to learn new approaches and ideas, to be inspired and inspire others, to make new friends and enjoy the company of old ones. It will be a gathering of Messy Church practitioners and friends from around the world, from all denominations with stories to share, experiences to pass on and wisdom to build up the Messy network from hugely different countries and cultures. The conference will be in English.

Highlights from Messy Church International Conference 2016

MCIC 2016

Delegate comments from 2016

‘Reenergised, even more excited which I didn’t think possible.’

‘It was incredibly encouraging to meet with people from all over the world and to share their experiences.’


Keynote speakers

We have three fantastic speakers lined up to help us explore the vital area of discipleship in Messy Church.

  • Claire Dalpra from the Church Army Research Unit has been heading up far-reaching research across the UK into discipleship in Anglican Messy Churches. 
  • Andrew Roberts from the Methodist Church is the author of the influential book on Christian discipleship, Holy Habits (Malcolm Down Publishing, 2016) and the editor of BRF's Holy Habits booklets
  • Our own Lucy Moore from the BRF Messy Church team will share inspiration from the team’s insights into Messy discipleship.



12:00 Arrivals
1:00 Lunch 
2:00 Talk: Lucy Moore 
3:15  Global Getting to Know You 
4:00 Tea
4:30 Workshops:
Pastoral Care in Messy Church (repeated on Saturday) 
Bigger, Riskier, Better… Probably? 
Design a strategic Team Away Day 
Music and storytelling 
Messy Prayer 
Messy Vintage – creative worship with older people at heart 
Including teenagers in Messy Church 
Developing Holy Habits in Messy Church (repeated on Saturday) 
Science, Faith and the DNA of Messy Church (repeated on Saturday) 
5:30 Free time. Prayer stations available in the Chapel Barn
6:10 Reflection  
6:30 Dinner
8:00 Messy Church session: A Rocky Start


From 07:30 Breakfast 
08:45 Reflection
09:15 Talk: Claire Dalpra 
11:00 Coffee
11:30 Workshops:
What’s liturgy got to do with it? – liturgy and sacraments in Messy Church contexts 
Discovering more about Messy Church from the Early Church 
Pastoral Care in Messy Church (repeated from Friday) 
#ShareTheMess (Publicising your Messy Church) 
Seriously Messy: making space for families to talk together about death and life 
Creating Messy ways to measure 5 dynamics of discipleship 
Q&A on the Research 
Developing Holy Habits in Messy Church (repeated from Friday)
Science, Faith and the DNA of Messy Church(repeated from Friday)
12.30 Free time
13:00 Lunch 
14:00 Discipleship looks like this!… 
Quickfire presentations of four exciting discipleship approaches with opportunities for questions and answers after each one
15:00 Discipleship begins with me
A chance to spend time with God in a way that suits you. 
Join together for 15 minutes of sung worship, then choose from: 
1) Going solo - just do your own thing wherever you like 
2) Messy Music - relax into sung worship with Fischy Music
3) Prayer Stations - make the most of the creative prayer stations in the Chapel Barn
4) Outdoor Messy Meditation - take a handout and meet God outdoors alone or with friends
5) Indoor Messy Meditation - take a handout and get artistic in the Boardroom
6) Messy Chat - take a handout and join others for a group conversation in the Barclay Hall (it would be helpful to bring a Bible)
7) Going deeper creatively with discipleship with Claire Dalpra
8) Snooze
16:00 Tea 
16.30 Creativity Swap Shop
Enjoy a laid-back wander round the different ideas that our wonderful Messy friends have brought to demonstrate… Take lots of photos! Share your ideas too!
17:15 Free time
18:00 BRF Trustees’ reception 
18:30 Dinner 
20:00 Free time and bar and a choice of Messy mayhem: Messy Bonfire (outside in the grounds) or A Messy Murder Mystery (Yew Tree Hall) 


From 07:30 Breakfast 
08:45 Reflection 
09:15 Talk: Andrew Roberts Holy Habits
11:00 Coffee
11:30 Messy Church session: A Sticky Star in God’s Hand
13:00 Lunch 
14:00 Depart 


In addition to the talks, there will be a full, fun and inspiring programme of Messy Church discussions, workshops, hands-on experiences and the chance to make Messy friends around the world, all in the comfortable surroundings, beautiful grounds and excellent hospitality of the High Leigh Conference Centre. Come and join the party!


Bookings have been paused. If you would like to book a place on the conference, please email

  • Your booking is not secure until you pay your deposit.

Click here to view our cancellation policy.


(Includes two nights' accommodation and all meals and refreshments from lunch on Friday 3 May to lunch on Sunday 5 May.)

Standard room (not en-suite) Sold out

En-suite room £320.00 per person

A £50 non-refundable deposit is required at point of booking to secure your place.

Final payment is due by 1 February 2019.

Bookings have been paused. If you would like to book a place on the conference, please email


The conference will be held at: High Leigh Conference Centre, Lord Street, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire EN11 8SG

Detailed information about how to get to the Conference Centre can be found here

If you are flying in to Gatwick or Heathrow, you can get the Tube or the train into central London, before catching the Tube to Liverpool Street Station. There are trains from there to Broxbourne, where you can then get a taxi to High Leigh.

Post-conference key leaders gathering

There will be the option for a smaller number of key national representatives to stay on until 4.30 pm on Monday 6 May in order to have space to spend time with the BRF team and to discuss national issues. In the first instance, places at this gathering will be allocated to ensure a wide spread of countries can be represented. After a set date, any spare places will be released for others to take up if desired.

There will be an additional cost of £100 per person which will cover all meals and accommodation during that time, up to and including afternoon tea on Monday.

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