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Messy Unity

Posted by Martyn Payne on 08 Jul 2017 (1 comment)
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It is always so encouraging to receive emails to the BRF Messy Church team which remind us that people are praying for us and for God’s work through Messy Church. We received one such email recently from faithful friends in Essex. This email, though, had something more in it which we felt it would be good to share. It touches on just what God is doing by working across denominations through Messy Church and how this might, for our generation, be fulfilling Christ’s own prayer for unity… namely 'that they might all be one, even as we are one' (John 17:21). Here is the email:

Greetings from St Mary’s Messy Church.

Recently I heard a word about unity in the church several times.

The question posed was: does the church need to come together and break down the barriers of different denominations in preparation for Jesus’ return? And: is God waiting for us to do this?

This morning while I was praying for you all, it came to me that Messy Church is already doing this!

Indeed, when we reflect on how many different denominations – not only in this country but across the world – are finding Messy Church both a tool for mission and a way to reimagine gathered worship, then it is indeed quite a story! God is surely saying something to us all through this?

Our praying friend continued:

I write to thank you for all you do and I pray that every mile, literally and spiritually, that you travel will be truly blessed.

I wonder what you think about this insight.


From Pembroke Dock Messy Church on

We have recently been involved in a lovely moment of Messy Unity - our Messy Church (open to all but with Anglican roots) was invited by a local chapel to run a Messy Church as part of a special event called "Gospel in the Park". There was a marquee with tables and chairs, sound systems and even a free bbq as part of our morning. The really almost incredible thing is that we had already organised and planned for our annual "Picnic in the Park" event in the same park and on the same day!! God was most definitely at work on this one. We had a wonderful 73 people through the door on the day and had a super time with the theme of the arrival of the Holy Spirit on the disciples. Unity definitely works!