The Messy blog

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?

Perseverence in Messy Church

Posted by Martyn Payne on 02 Oct 2017

There is no doubt that social media can be a great gift to the church and the gospel. Indeed, Messy Church growth owes a lot to its Facebook family of loyal followers; but there can be drawbacks. The pressure to post our stories or tweet our events can sometimes give the impression of an uninterrupted narrative of smiles and success. We don’t so easily make public our failures and disappointments.

Regional Coordinators are here to help

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 02 Oct 2017

What an exciting and busy time it has been with even more Regional Coordinators to introduce you to: Jonathan Richardson and Anna Walker for Norfolk;...

Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Wiltshire

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 27 Sep 2017

Welcome to Hannah Tarring, your new Regional Coordinator for Wiltshire. Hannah coordinates a relatively new Messy Church and is keen to support others, whether similarly new to exploring Messy Church or well established in this all-age ministry. Hannah says:

Regional Coordinator for Virginia USA

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 18 Sep 2017

Welcome Cindy Banek as your new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Virginia, USA! We are delighted that Cindy has joined the Regional Coordinator network and pray for her and her new role in the States.

Lindsey's Story

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 13 Sep 2017

Thank you to Lindsey at Community United Methodist Church Messy Church, Huntington Beach, California, USA for allowing us to publish her story.