The Messy blog

Regional Coordinator for South Cotswolds

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 07 Dec 2017

Welcome Helen Venn, your new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for South Cotswolds! We have created a new region to encompass lots of Messy Churches in need of support and Helen is keen to offer advice and prayer. Helen worships at the delightful Malmesbury Abbey and has years of Messy Church experience to share.

Regional Coordinator for Central Queensland Australia

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 07 Dec 2017

Welcome to Suzy Sitton, your new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Central Queensland, Australia! God continues to grow the Messy Church network in Australia so we are delighted that Suzy is able to pray for and support the Messy Churches there. Suzy is the minister at St Andrew's Uniting Church in Yeppoon and the Messy Church team is currently planning to take Messy Church out into the community. 

Regional Coordinator for Pennsylvania USA

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 07 Dec 2017

Welcome to Anais Hussian in Pittsburg! Anais is your new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Pennsylvania. Her Messy enthusiasm is infectious!  Anais is a United Methodist deacon serving as the Christian Education Director at First United Methodist Church of Pittsburg. She has a passion for embracing the joy, play and mess of God in both the church and the world. In her free time, Anais enjoys doing yoga, baking and creating wonderfully messy art projects.

Messy Church Communion

Posted by Lucy Moore on 05 Dec 2017

Rejoice, you Anglicans! The long-awaited Messy Church Holy Communion is here! The Liturgical Commission (of which Lucy is proud to be a member) of the Church of England, together with BRF, is delighted to bring you this very useful and free resource for planning a Eucharist in your Messy Church. 

Six ways to take the strain out of Messy Church leadership

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 01 Dec 2017

At a recent Growing Messy Church Leaders training day, I encouraged the sharing of stories and we heard some of the challenges Messy teams are currently facing. It is Messy! With Martyn retiring and the Messy Church BRF team suddenly looking a lot smaller, we’re also challenged. Please pray for us as we consider how to resource the work going forward.

Final thoughts from Martyn

Posted by Martyn Payne on 01 Dec 2017

It’s going to be very hard stepping away from the wonderful BRF Messy Church team and the inspirational and dynamic wider Messy Church family I have been privileged to work with over these last five years. I shall miss you all so much but – after a break – I am already wondering how I might keep in my hand in with all things messy!

The importance of time off

Posted by Miriam Thurlow on 01 Dec 2017

Ever since I started as the Messy Church intern, people have been saying, 'Well, that sounds good, but what do you actually do?'! I still don’t have a nice concise answer, because each week looks different. One week I’m sitting in a cafe in York doing admin, the next I’m driving across the country to visit a Messy Church or attend an event. What I can say is that it's keeping me very busy, and I’m having a lot of fun!

Messy Science

Posted by Martyn Payne on 29 Nov 2017

Tom Donoghue leads the Messy Church team at Loughton Methodist Church in north-east London. He kindly came to help at one our Messy Church Does Science road shows this year and was so inspired that he ran a holiday club in the summer based on the book! Here in his own words is what they got up to: Our Messy Science Convention was an action-packed week! The children (delegates) met special guest ‘expert scientists’ and biblical characters, who of whom were all here to help us test our hypothesis ‘Does God keep his promises?’

Ideas for a Messy Confirmation

Posted by Martyn Payne on 23 Nov 2017

While Lucy and I were in Canada, we met the Revd Dr Neil Mancor of the Anglican Parish of St George, Ste Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec. He has sent us this outline with photos for a Messy Confirmation service that they held recently. He wondered whether it might contain some useful ideas for anyone else in our Messy family. He writes:

North and South Carolina USA Regional Coordinator

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 22 Nov 2017

Welcome to Johannah Myers in Greenville, South Carolina, USA! Johannah is a new addition to the US Regional Coordinator network and the Director of Christian Formation at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.