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Meet the Messy Church team

Lucy MooreLucy Moore works for BRF as the 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) and All-Age Worship (BRF, 2010), and she also 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 twelve years, where she now works from home and coordinates L19: Messy Church and L19: Who Let The Dads Out? once a month on a Saturday.

Jane's voluntary work includes leading a weekly Beaver Scout colony, and she is Assistant District Commissioner (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, Messy Easter, Messy Prayer 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.

Miriam Thurlow

Miriam Thurlow is our Messy Intern for this year. We’re thrilled to have her on board, fresh from her graduation at York University. Miriam was a significant leader as a teenager in the Messy Church in Yate near Bristol and now joins us at BRF for the next stage of her ministry. She’ll be based in York and will work with the local Regional Coordinators across Yorkshire, set up and run a Messy Church in the city, and join in with the BRF team’s mad exploits around the country. Not many internships include as their first requirement dressing up as an angel. We hope Miriam will have a brilliant year, meet God every day through her work, bring a fresh energy to the network and to our team and discover where God’s leading her. If you’re near York, why not invite her for a visit? You can contact her at

Regional Coordinators

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


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