Messy Church

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Frequently asked questions

You'll find answers to lots of questions below. If you can't find the answer to the question you're asking, please contact us.

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Publicity, logos, images, copyright

Can I use the Messy Church name and logo?

The Messy Church® name and logo are registered trade marks of BRF. Messy Church values are about being Christ-centred, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration. To use the Messy Church name and logo you need to confirm to our Messy Church values, so please read through the info section, especially the our values, what Messy Church is and isn't and Using the Messy Church name and logo pages.




Where can I find the Messy Church logo?

There's a range of Messy Church logos on our website. There's also a page that provides information on using the Messy Church name and logo and the parameters within which you can use these. We ask that if you do not conform to the Messy Church values that you don't use either the Messy Church name or logo.

Can I use the name Messy Church for a bank account?

If you're opening a bank account for your Messy Church, please make it easy for the bank by opening it with a name that makes it very clear that it is your Messy Church, as there may be several Messy Church accounts in the same bank. So the account name 'Messy Church' would be bad. 'Messy Church St Oswald's Henfield' would be good.

Where can I find banners, posters, invitations, T-shirts?

We've worked with CPO to produce a range of branded resources, including banners and posters. There's information on using the Messy Church name and logo on other things you produce and the parameters within which you can do this.

How long does approval take for publicity items?

For some items (as listed in using the Messy Church name and logo) you need to gain our consent. Please give us plenty of notice - two weeks at least.

Can I use photos of children in publicity?

We've put together some guidance on photo and image copyright and also some advice on taking photographs.

What copyright restrictions does the Messy Church website have?

View our terms and conditions.


How do I order resources?

Books published by Messy Church and BRF can be ordered from BRFonline - you will find links on each resource page. If you prefer, you can place orders by telephone (01865 319700, Monday to Friday, 9.15 am to 5.30 pm) or by post (BRF, 15 The Chambers, Vineyard, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3FE). If placing orders by post, please make cheques payable to BRF. You can find out information about our shipping costs on BRFonline.

Can I recommend or share a useful resource?

Yes! Please complete this form to give us the information we need to add information about a useful resource to the resources section. Please note that you will need to be logged in to access the form. If you know of a resource you think might be useful but you haven't tried it yet, please try it first and then tell us about it.

How do I order resources outside the UK?

View our page of international suppliers.

Starting and leading a Messy Church

How do I get started?

We'd recommend the book Starting your Messy Church to help get the basics in place. If you want to explain Messy Church to church leaders, then have a look at the leaflet An introduction for church leaders.

How do I register on the directory?

Start by completing the form here. You'll need to be logged in.

Do you have any advice about learning disabilities/special needs?

We recommend you start by looking at the resource Messy Church & people with disabilities. This resource contains a range of practical ideas, challenges and information. The BRF book Making Church Accessible to All will also be useful.

The Messy Church directory

How do I find nearby Messy Churches?

Head over to the directory. If you cannot find nearby Messy Churches, try broadening the search area.

Technical problems

If you want to update your Messy Church on the directory, change who is responsible for it or change where the pin is on the map. Look at our Messy Church directory FAQs.

Training and events

How do I book a training session?

You can find information about the training we offer and you can make an enquiry online. Do also contact your Regional Coordinator to let them know what your training needs are.

Update my details

How do I change my username?

First, log in to your account. After logging in, you will be looking at a page with your username at the top. Underneath your username there will be links to View and Edit. Click Edit, update your username, then click Save at the bottom of the page. Please note that your username will be displayed against any comments you post on the website.

How do I change my password?

If you are logged in already, then click My account (at the top of the page) and click Edit just under your username. You will be asked to enter your current password and then your new password. We recommend you choose a strong password.

I've lost my password - what do I do?

You can request a new password. After completing the form, you will be emailed further instructions to enable you to reset your password.

Safeguarding and child protection

The info section has some information on safeguarding.