The Messy blog

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.

Orange jelly

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 09 Nov 2017

Revd Fiona Pennie is Curate at St Mary's Church Grassendale, Liverpool and is on the L19 Messy Church team. She reflects on how engaging with one particular Messy activity lead to her preaching about it on Bible Sunday.

Peace and comfort in the Mess

Posted by Lucy Moore on 06 Nov 2017

A reflection on our most recent Messy Church – the November session from Get Messy! on 'Peace and comfort'.

A story from Messy Church Canada

Posted by Martyn Payne on 04 Nov 2017

On the last day of the Messy Church conference in Canada, we heard this story from Neil Mancor, who is minister of the Anglican Parish of St George, Ste Anne-de-Bellevue, QC. Neil is also Regional Coordinator for Messy Church in Quebec, Ottawa, Maritimes.

The real meaning of Christmas

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 01 Nov 2017

Welcome to Cindy Banek, who has joined the Regional Coordinator network and will be praying for and supporting the Messy Churches in Virginia, USA.

Why describing Messy Church as 'church' is important

Posted by Martyn Payne on 01 Nov 2017

Who would have thought it? We’ve always had to defend the word ‘messy’ in conversation with church leaders, at training events and in our books; and there’s no doubt there will always be those who will find it just too uncomfortable an adjective for anything to do with church. However, lately I’ve come across a new challenge on my travels. It’s not the ‘messy’ that some people object to but the word ‘church’ itself. This has set me thinking. Why is it important that it’s Messy Church and what are the implications behind this possibly controversial description?